Melbourne’s global reputation as a ‘design city’ has never been more important. Co-existing with and emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic, the City of Melbourne remains committed to maintaining Melbourne’s status as a highly competitive, attractive, and liveable city.

To support the City of Melbourne’s commitment to the high quality design of the built environment it is launching the Design Excellence Advisory Committee (DEAC) and the Melbourne Design Review Panel (MDRP).

The DEAC and the MDRP are key components of the Design Excellence Program which aims to champion both high quality development and public realm design, applying design leadership and a range of innovative processes.



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Targeted stakeholder consultation

    Until October 2020

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Future Melbourne Committee Meeting

    To seek approval of the Terms of Reference for the City of Melbourne Design Review Panel and Design Excellence Advisory Committee.

    6 July 2021

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Request for applications

    28 July 2021

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Applications close

    11.59pm on Wednesday 25 August 2021

  • Timeline item 5 - active

    Applicant shortlisting and interviews

  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

    Commence meetings

    October/November 2021

Program overview

Learn more about the Design Excellence Program.

Banner image: Garden Building by NMBW Architects for RMIT University. Built by Lendlease. Photo by Peter Bennetts.

Design Excellence Advisory Committee image: QVM Munro by Bates Smart. Image Credit: Bates Smart

Melbourne Design Review Panel image: Whitlam Place by Freadman White and Anon Studio for Marcelo Donati. Built by Visioneer. Awarded the AIA VIC Multiple Residential Award in 2019. Photo: Tom Ross

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