OGA Advocacy

A key role of the OGA is to provide leadership regarding the benefits of good design and the impact of built environment issues on the community.

A wide range of advocacy activities are undertaken by the Office that engage with stakeholders across government as well as the public.

Design Standards

In 2012, the OGA launched a suite of Design Standards which set minimum design requirements for the State Government’s public works projects. The Design Standards are organised into four categories of facility type – General, Education, Health and Justice – and are currently under review to ensure they remain consistent with best practice.


Design Excellence Working Group

The OGA hosts the Design Excellence Working Group (DEWG) which is a cross-government and industry collaboration that meets regularly to share valuable information, initiatives and research that contribute to achieving design excellence in the built environment. The DEWG membership includes built environment and design experts from a range of state government agencies, local government authorities and peak industry bodies.

Perth Samplings

The Perth Samplings Lecture Series is an advocacy initiative of the OGA where prominent local, national and international designers are invited to speak about architecture and urban design issues pertinent to our city. The series is focussed on projects with a public dimension, providing a forum for dialogue and debate. The lecture series has been running since 2007 and has attracted a high calibre of speakers and strong attendance.

To find out about upcoming Perth Samplings events, join our mailing list.


To support our advocacy work the OGA undertakes research to gather evidence of the value of good design; and identify contemporary best practice in design, effective processes and policies that lead to successful built environment outcomes. The following are a selection of useful resources that the OGA often use in the course of our work.

Government Architect of New South Wales:
Better Placed – an integrated design policy for the built environment in NSW | Implementing Good Design | Greener Places | Design Excellence Competition Guidelines

Office of the Victorian Government Architect:
Government as Smart Client | Good Design | Good Design and Education | Level Crossing Removal – Lessons Learned | Infill Opportunities

NSW Department of Planning & Environment:
State Environmental Policy No 65 – Design Quality of Residential Flat Development | Apartment Design Guide

Australian Sustainable Built Environmental Council:
Australian Urban Design Protocol | Built to Perform | Improved Housing Outcomes

City of Sydney:
Competitive Design Policy

Design Council, UK:
The Value of Good Design | Design For Public Good | A Guide to Large Scale Urban Design | The Value of Public Space | Building for Life


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