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Certificate Conferring Ceremony 2016


To receive an invitation to the certificate ceremony, you will need to ensure you are registered by the end of October. The ceremony will be held in early December. 


Annual Renewal Notices


The ARBV will send a renewal notice as a courtesy before your registration expires. Non-receipt of a renewal notice is not an acceptable excuse to practise after the registration expires. A reminder notice may also be sent if the registration is not renewed within one month after the expiry date. After two months without payment, the registration is likely to be suspended.






The Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV) is empowered by the Architects Act 1991 to: register architects and approve architectural companies and partnerships on behalf of the public, regulate the professional conduct of architects by investigating complaints against architects and referring serious professional conduct matters to inquiry by the Architects Tribunal, investigate breaches of the title provisions of the Act and allegations of non-architects "holding out" to be architects, determine architectural qualifications and accredit courses, conduct examinations for registration, require Architects to be registered and require Practising Architects to provide proof of compliant Professional Indemnity insurance cover.

These legislated powers enable the ARBV to act on behalf of consumers. Consumers can check whether someone can legitimately use the title Architect by consulting the Register of architects, architectural companies and partnerships.

Working with your Architect provides advice on your role and the roles of your architect in a project.
The ARBV promotes good practice through its Awards, its publications and compliance procedures.

Board members currently in office are:

David Sainsbery, Chairperson (elected architect), David Islip, Deputy Chairperson (Senior Government Architect),  Helen Mathew, (elected architect),    Venise Reilly (Building Industry),  Clare Newton (Schools of Architecture), Ian Sutter (Australian Institute of Architects), Debra Low Choy, (Building Industry), Arianne Rose (Minister Consumer Affairs), Peter Bowtell (Allied Professions - Engineers), Dionne Wright (Minister Consumer Affairs).


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Click on the 'register' link at the top right of the screen to apply online for architects registration and company and partnership approval.  



Chairperson's speech at the 2015 certificate ceremony
Photo Copyright Port Melbourne Photography 2015 (Ph.0412 994825)



2015 Architects Regulations

The Architects Regulations 2015 take effect from 19 May 2015, superseding the Architects Regulations 2004. Architects are advised that the Professional Conduct Regulations have changed, and that the professional conduct of architects is now governed by the Victorian Architects Code of Professional Conduct. A copy of the code is located here:

A document comparing the 2004 and 2015 Regulations has been prepared by the Department of  Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and can be found in the Publications section of the website:

Annual Certificates

The Board has decided that printing and posting annual registration certificates is wasteful of paper and financial resources, and has discontinued the practice. The certificates did not provide any information to the public that cannot already be accessed on the public database on the ARBV website, and the duplication of information was considered to be unnecessary.

The Board is keen to ensure that the public always check the database when engaging an architect, as it is up to date. Printed certificates can mislead the public because the PI certificate of currency provided when the annual registration fee is paid could expire within months, causing the registration to be suspended. The main purpose of the Board is consumer protection.The Board is always mindful of the need to manage financial resources prudently, and has a commitment to sustainability as required by the Victorian Public Sector. 

















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