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Membership Benefits

Membership Discounts

Design Matters Members are eligible for savings from some of the industry's leading supporters. For a summary of current benefits, CLICK HERE.

Membership Benefits

The direct and indirect benefits of being a Design Matters member are invaluable. Design Matters should be regarded as a critical addition to your current resources.

Belong to a True Not-for-Profit Association

Design Matters is run by a small team of employees, under the direction of a committee of volunteers, who are members running their own design practice, or who work within a design practice.  All funds achieved by Design Matters are used for the benefit of the membership and for the continuing growth and stability of the Association.

Weekly Update

Design Matters issues a weekly electronic update each Friday recapping on any key issues, legislative changes and industry news that may have occurred in the preceding week that is relevant for our membership.

Monthly Magazine 

Design Matters produces a monthly magazine 'Intersect', specific to the interests of building designers, which is packed with topics, news, issues on the latest industry happenings and events. Back copies of past editions are able to be downloaded by members from the MEMBER pages of this website.  It is also available online and searchable at

Continuing Professional Development

Design Matters has developed a very successful structured CPD program, which is well supported by members. This is made up of seminars, DVDs, webinars, regional meetings, workshops and an international study tour.

Design Matters philosophy is CPD is not to be treated as revenue-generating activities and therefore the cost to attend our CPD activities are at nominal rates to defray actual expenses. Some events are presented at no charge, due to the support of major suppliers to the industry.

Since 2009, Design Matters has had a Members CPD Loyalty Scheme.  Under the Scheme, Members who attend three Design Matters CPD seminars may attend their fourth one at no charge.

Design Matters records details of CPD attendance for members and members can download a statement at their convenience.  

Design Matters Publications

Design Matters offers members project specifications, engagement agreements, indemnity documents, standard form contracts for residential and non-residential projects, which are backed up by advice and training workshops. Design Matters Engagement Agreement is now widely accepted as an industry standard, and is a valuable contract form between designer and client. These items are not available to persons who are not members of the Association. Members may purchase these items from the Webshop at this website.

Practice Notes

Design Matters regularly provides Practice Notes on issues that impact upon the day to day operations of design professionals, ranging from technical, legal, design and office practice. These may be downloaded free of charge by members in the MEMBER pages of this website.

Free Business Advice

Design Matters provides advice free of charge to members on a range of issues including:

  • Copyright Law;
  • Contracts;
  • Wages and conditions;
  • Legislative and regulatory requirements, including professional conduct issues;
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance;

and much more.

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Design Matters has a recommended broker for PI insurance - Webber Insurance. The package provides a comprehensive insurance program, which includes Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance, for those Members who are registered building practitioners under the Victorian Building Act 1993. Further details are available in the Member section of this website.

Lobbying and Representation

Design Matters is represented on a number of key Victorian State Government and industry peak bodies, in order to represent members on issues that relate to their professional practice.  The Association's views are regularly sought and respected by Government. Design Matters also lobbies, when required, on issues that impact the design profession, and engages a well-respected Lobbyist to assist us with our lobbying activities.

Annual Design Awards   

Design Matters conducts an annual Building Design Awards competition which commenced in 1996. The Awards enable Full Members to showcase their design skills to their peers, government agencies, industry suppliers and manufacturers and, through our Awards magazine – Awarded – to the general public. The competition culminates in a Gala Presentation Event, at which the Awards are announced and presented. 

Membership Promotion

Design Matters promotes the services of building designers at trade exhibitions, industry forums, and career expos, which provide display promotions and handout material that promotes the role and professionalism of building designers. 

Website Listing

Full Members of the Design Matters are entitled to be listed free of charge in the 'Find a Designer' section of this website. This section is accessed regularly by consumers seeking building designers to assist them with their various building design projects.  

Free Position Placements

Members of Design Matters are able to list, free of charge, vacancies they are seeking to fill within their design practice. Student Members seeking work may also list a free entry. Non-members may avail themselves of this service at a fee.