Melbourne is a world-leading design city. City of Melbourne’s draft Design Competition Guidelines are the next exciting step for our Design Excellence Program.

The guidelines outline an ethical and streamlined competitive process to support innovative and architecturally-diverse buildings, landscapes, infrastructure and public realm. Our draft guidelines provide clear steps for a competitive process.

City of Melbourne is committed to working with industry to deliver this important work, to support an enduring and liveable city. We are now inviting industry and community to review the draft guidelines and provide comment before we finalise them.

Consultation closed 14 May 2023.

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Community consultation



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Endorsement of the Design Excellence Program

    November 2019

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Drafting of the Design Competition Guidelines


  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Consultation on the draft Design Excellence Guidelines

    22 March to 14 May 2023

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Finalise the guidelines in consideration of stakeholder and public feedback

    Mid 2023

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Adoption of the guidelines at Future Melbourne Committee and potential pilot

    Mid to late 2023

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