The Shearer’s Quarters, John Wardle Architects

The Shearer’s Quarters, John Wardle Architects
photo Trevor Mein

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Policy & Advocacy

We can all benefit from Australian towns and cities that are more productive, sustainable and liveable. The Institute promotes policies and reforms that advance our urban environments and enhance our lives.

The Institute undertakes to help improve the quality of our built environment. We play an important role in shaping Australia’s future, working to raise design standards in our cities and towns, to position Australia as an international design leader and to make Australia a better place for all of us.

For more detail on policy and advocacy activity at the state and territory level, please visit the Institute’s individual state and territory Chapter pages.

Procurement of architectural services
Institute policies and advocacy statements
Institute submissions to federal, state and territory governments

Procurement of Architectural Services

The Australian Institute of Architects has identified procurement of architectural services as a key policy priority and has undertaken research to investigate best practice EOI and RFT methods in public sector and educational institutions that commission architectural services. The research looked into the current experiences and perceptions of architects and clients and includes analysis of industry and government policy documents, interviews with government and institutional clients, and an online survey of Institute members.

The research enabled the Institute to develop a set of Guidelines for EOI and RFT for architectural services. The objective of the guidelines is for potential clients to review their own EOI and RFT methods and documents and align them with best practice to enable an effective and efficient process that maximises the potential for high quality built outcomes and reduces bidding and assessment costs for all.

 Download and share the guidelines with
 potential clients.
 Review the research on best practice EOI
 and RFT methods.


Institute submissions to federal, state and territory governments

The Institute actively engages with federal, state and territory governments, local government, the opposition and government departments to promote the strategies, policies and processes needed to create a built environment that can sustain us into the future. This includes responding to various government and department consultation papers and parliamentary inquiries. Submissions include: