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South Australian Chapter – policy & advocacy

Submissions to government

The Institute's South Australian Chapter makes various submissions to the State Government on issues relating to urban design, architecture and the built environment. 

The Council has also provided submissions and held talks with government representatives regarding Draft State Planning Policies

The Institute has convened a taskgroup to work on Institute responses to the State Planning Commission's release of draft State Planning Policies.

See the Institute's response here 

Responses have also been prepared for the following Policy Discussion Papers:

South Australian Productivity Commission Inquiry into Government Procurement
A joint submission with the ACA that emphasised the degree of commonality between the information being sought by the inquiry and issues that arise in the procurement of capital works.

Development Assessment Framework - Assessment Pathways Discussion Paper (submitted 26 Oct 2018)

Monitoring Development in Planning System - Performance Indicators Discussion Paper (submitted 26 Oct 2018)

Accredited Professionals Scheme and Fact Sheets (submitted 26 Oct 2018)

Shed 26
The Institute sent a response to government representatives on the subject of the demolition of Shed 26 in Port Adelaide.

Marion Cultural Centre
The  Institute corresponded with the City of Marion on their proposal to build a hotel on the site currently occupied by the Marion Cultural Centre designed by architects ARM and Phillips/Pilkington.

Design Review Triggers
The Institute has undertaken various consultations with state representatives on

the role and application of design review, which is a key area of interest for our members and a critical tool in achieving the design quality intent established by policy in the built outcomes. The Institute has submitted its views on what attributes of a proposal should form a trigger for referral to design review and has proposed a series of considerations for inclusion in the policy framework for the new planning system.

Accredited Professionals Scheme Discussion Paper South Australia 
The South Australian Chapter joined forces with the Planning Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects to share the common elements of our response to the Accredited Professionals Scheme Discussion Paper. We registered our support for the principle of a system of accreditation of skills and ongoing development for those with roles in assessment and/or determination in the planning system, the upskilling of accredited professionals involved in the planning assessment process, and a clarification of liability insurance issues. The SA Chapter also provided its own submission, focussing on issues specific to architects.

Value of good design

The South Australian Chapter has welcomed the draft DPTI2 ODASA Community Guide document, describing it as a succinct and legible guide to the value of design for the state’s communities. Our submission says design is a complex, multi-faceted undertaking, and that the use of educated and skilled design professionals such as architects should be encouraged to achieve the desired outcomes, and argues that architects should be acknowledged in the document as a registered profession with specialist design expertise.

State Nominated Skilled Migration Paper
The South Australian Chapter provided a submission to the State Nominated Skilled Migration Paper. The chapter noted that the supply of locally educated graduates currently meets the employment demand in the state, with a limited number of positions for more experienced practitioners also available. The submission said the relatively small number of migrants entering South Australia has a minimal impact on architectural practice, although it noted that overseas architects can provide alternative perspective, work methodologies and experience once they gain employment in local practice. The chapter recommended that architects remain on the skilled migration list at the current time, with a review proposed in five years, to assess the employment conditions, migrant numbers and graduate numbers at the time.

The SA Chapter is preparing a response for the SA Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure on AS4122 special conditions.

The SA Chapter has also set up a working party between the Institute and LGA Procurement, with the intent of resolving agreed guidelines and processes for the tendering of architectural services to local government.


These submissions are available to members by emailing sa@architecture.com.au 

Architecture on Show Series

This series of public talks held within local councils and curated by Institute members, explore themes and issues relevant to the local area and demonstrate the value of architects and architecture. Current issues explored this year included density, planning reform, apartment living and design guidelines. See our Facebook page for some of these events.

If you are interested in participating in the Architecture on Show series, please contact sa@architecture.com.au

Architecture Industry Roundtables

This new series of quarterly member forums will focus on discussing critical issues facing the profession, including procurement, building quality and compliance, planning reform. The discussions may result in further action taken by Chapter Council or in forming a small member workgroup to prepare a submissions to government.

For more information on these events, please contact Executive Director Nicolette Di Lernia on 8402 5900 or nicolette.dilernia@architecuture.com.au

Moral rights attributions for architects & designers

The SA Chapter believes it is important that we pursue initiatives that both promote and strengthen the role of the architect. It is rare that architect’s work is correctly attributed when reported in the media and too often we see architect’s drawings and renders described simply as an ‘artist’s impression’.

We want to see a ground swell of advocacy directed at media outlets to correctly attribute architects and other designer’s work. Donald Richardson has approached the Institute with the view to assist our members and others, drive a campaign for change.

Donald has prepared a proforma letter for use by individuals and institutions to send to media outlets every time you see a failure to correctly attribute the designer You can modify the letter for your correspondence and the attached Document A offers a description of the legal requirements under the Copyright Act 1968.

We strongly encourage you to be part of this campaign to drive positive change and assist our profession gain the acknowledgement it deserves within media. Simply send your letter or email or use social media and through sufficient social action we can contribute to this valuable campaign to get architects back onto the front page.

Download the proforma letter to submit a breach of moral rights.