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Design WA is a State Government initiative to ensure good design is at the centre of all development in Western Australia. It aims to create cities, towns and neighbourhoods where people want to live, work and socialise, now and long into the future. The draft policies are available for download below.

What to look for when choosing a well-designed house or apartment

What to look for when choosing a well-designed house or apartment is a complementary guide that has been produced to help WA house hunters and renters choose a home that is liveable and has good design elements. It offers expert advice on what questions to ask when purchasing or renting a house or apartment.




The draft Design WA stage one documents include:

  • Draft State Planning Policy for Design of the Built Environment: is the lead policy that establishes the requirement for design quality across the whole built environment. It includes 10 principles for good design and sets up the requirement for expert design review as a part of the evaluation process.
  • Draft Apartment Design policy: this policy focuses on design guidance for apartments and mixed-use developments and will replace Part 6 of the Residential Design Codes.
  • Draft Design Review Guide: a guide to assist local governments to establish and operate design review panels, and improve the consistency of design review processes already in operation across the State.
  • Draft Design Skills Discussion Paper: this discussion paper seeks your views on whether the State should apply requirements for skilled design practitioners to design complex developments.

Work is underway on Design WA stage two, including policies for Precinct Design, Neighbourhood Design and House Design.