Public consultation on the draft Local Design Review Scheme for South Australia was open from 26 June to 21 August 2020.

What We Have Heard report based on feedback received will be prepared and published on this website and PlanSA.

The Office for Design and Architecture South Australia thanks all who provided feedback on the draft Scheme.

Consultation on the draft Local Design Review Scheme for South Australia is now open

The Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 enables South Australia’s new planning system to place greater emphasis on the design quality of our built environments. One of the ways it will do this is by creating more opportunities to participate in Design Review under a new Local Design Review Scheme.

Design Review is an independent evaluation process where a panel of built environment experts review the design quality of a development proposal before it is lodged for assessment.

The draft Scheme sets out a consistent approach for the delivery of Local Design Review across the State and will support those councils who choose to offer the service within their communities, as well as independent Design Review providers.

The draft Local Design Review Scheme seeks to:

  • support high-quality design
  • improve access to independent and expert design advice early in the planning and design process
  • support consistent and informed planning decisions
  • facilitate collaboration between allied professionals that can positively contribute to professional development

The Office for Design and Architecture South Australia (ODASA) has prepared the draft Scheme on behalf of the Minister for Planning in collaboration with the State Planning Commission, local government staff from across the State and representatives from peak industry bodies who might provide Local Design Review.

Feedback on the draft Scheme is now being sought from councils, industry professionals and any other interested parties. Please ensure you provide your feedback on the draft Scheme by Friday 21 August 2020 through any of the following channels:

If you would like to speak with someone about Local Design Review, please contact ODASA on 8402 1884 during business hours (9am – 5pm, weekdays).

A consultation guide has also been prepared to provide background information and should be read in conjunction with the draft Scheme. The draft Scheme and consultation guide can be downloaded from the YourSAy website.

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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 28 Leigh Street gallery is currently closed.


Antonio’s Journal:

A Maltese migrant experience of the unemployed camps on the Torrens River, 1930- 1938.


Curated by Stephen Nova.


Stephen Nova is an artist and Postgraduate Research Student in the school of art, architecture & design at the University of South Australia. He also works as a research assistant with the Vernacular Knowledge Research Group that falls under the research area of Digital Transformations & Digital Humanities at UniSA.

Stephen’s practice-based research embraces imaginative drawing techniques as a research inquiry tool. He uses manually conceived and digitally sourced graphic montages to bridge new relationships between contrasting data sets, to interpret social historical narratives discovered in heritage collections to reveal stories of human experience. 

Antonio Cini’s experience as a young Maltese migrant during the Great Depression years in South Australia of the 1930s, who built and decorated his hessian hut by the Torrens River to resemble a red brick cottage, serves as the motivation for this project/exhibition to rethink contemporary concepts of home through the creation of a fictional journal.


The 28 Leigh Street Gallery is a vibrant, flexible and modern exhibition space within a beautifully maintained heritage building in the heart of Adelaide. Located on one of the city’s busiest pedestrian streets, the Gallery offers great exposure to different displays throughout the year which aim to promote good design in South Australia’s built environments.

Our 2020 exhibition program provides a platform for upcoming initiatives within the design, architecture and related industries, and further celebrates the achievements of outstanding projects, professional bodies and organisations within our state.



  • University of Adelaide ALL-IN Exhibition (Semester 2)
    • University of Adelaide teachers and students
  • Postwar Places of Worship
    • Architecture Museum
  • Australian Institute of Architects, SA Chapter Jury Presentation
    • Australian Institute of Architects
  • Dickson and Platten Architects 1950-2000 Exhibition 
    • Architecture Museum
  • Antonio’s Journal: A Maltese migrant experience of the unemployed camps on the Torrens River, 1930 – 1938
    • University of South Australia Student: Stephen Nova
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, SA Chapter Awards
    • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
  • Planning Institute of Australia, SA Chapter Awards
    • Planning Institute of Australia


If you are interested in exploring your idea for a temporary exhibition or installation with us, please contact the Office for Design and Architecture SA.


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