Victorian Design Review Panel



The Victorian Design Review Panel (VDRP) has been established to provide independent and authoritative advice to government and statutory decision makers across Victoria about the design of significant development proposals.

The VDRP consists of highly experienced built environment professionals, who provide expert design review of significant projects at key stages of the design and development process. Architects, urban designers, landscape architects and planners, as well as specialists in sustainability, accessibility, health, place making and masterplanning, contribute to the VDRP. Biographies of the members can be found here:

The VDRP offers a structured process of review, which involves extensive briefing and the formalisation of advice back to the proponent from the OVGA. A dedicated team in the OVGA works with project proponents to guide them through the process.

The VDRP reviews projects that are significant because of their site, context or complexity, or because they will be establishing a precedent for new development in a place. The VDRP can review all scales of development from masterplans, major infrastructure, buildings, streets and public spaces. The suitability of projects will be at the OVGA's discretion.

Design review by the VDRP is undertaken in a confidential environment, except when a planning application has been lodged and the project is therefore in the public domain.

Success to date

The Victorian Design Review Panel (VDRP) commenced reviewing significant State Government funded projects in April 2012. Since that time, the VDRP has met monthly and undertaken over 100 design review sessions. The VDRP has reviewed approximately $5.1 billion of projects to date. Over 800 people, including Client Departments, Responsible Authorities and design teams have been engaged in the design review process. A summary document of key achievements from the first two years can be downloaded here.

Projects have included major transport interchanges and transport infrastructure projects including level crossing removals, major housing projects, hospitals, parks, aquatic centres, cultural and sports buildings, commercial headquarters, and town centre masterplans.

From 1st July 2013, Local Government can access the VDRP. Find out more in this fact sheet, which details the application process. Access the application form here.

If you are a State Government client, find out more in this fact sheet.



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