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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 Chapter Council has been advocating the relevance of our profession in the built environment in particular with how design, specifications and procurement policy could be better used to support the Governments objective of boosting economic benefit to the State through a greater use of local supply inputs and ultimately local jobs. The Council has endorsed the forming of a working group to advise and formulate recommendations to the Industry Participation Advocate.

The Council has also provided submissions and held talks with government representatives regarding:

The SA Chapter  received 3 responses from the major parties (listed in order of receipt)

Policy Response SA Greens
Policy Response SA Labor
Policy Response SA Liberals 

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 their response to the Accredited Professionals Scheme Discussion Paper. The three organisations registered their 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. The chapter’s 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 argued 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.

Procurement
The South Australian Chapter and the Association of Consulting Architects have joined forces to respond to plans to refurbish and expand an aged care facility at Murray Bridge. The organisations’ submission criticises the methodology for the Lerwin Refurbishment and Expansion, saying the tender includes Stage 1 – Concept Design as part of the tender submission. The two organisations have argued that this would require tenderers to provide conceptual design information, artist impressions and high-level estimates without payment, would increase the risk of sub-optimal outcomes, devalues the intellectual property of the architectural profession and compromises the financial viability of the practices involved. The organisations have offered to assist the Rural City of Murray Bridge to develop more suitable methodology for securing architectural services.

The SA Chapter has also written to the state’s Local Government Association (LGA) to recommend a best-practice approach to the procurement of architectural services with LGA Procurement. The chapter is aiming to 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.

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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 Gillian Redman-Lloyd on 8402 5900 or gillian.redman-lloyd@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.