Architects and Cladding Issues in Victoria
The use of non-compliant external cladding on buildings in Victoria is a significant safety issue and one which the ARBV takes very seriously.
Given an architect’s role can include specifying building materials or products for construction, the ARBV appreciates that you may have concerns about an architect’s conduct with respect to non-compliant cladding.
If you are considering making a complaint about an architect that relates to cladding, please read the information on the ‘Make a Complaint’ page before you commence your complaint.
If you would like to discuss making a complaint about an architect, phone the ARBV and ask to speak to the Compliance Consultant so we can help you.
Complaints are lodged using an Architectural Services Complaint Form, which the ARBV’s Compliance Consultant can send you. Remember that complaints need to be substantiated: that is, there needs to be some evidence of the matters being complaints about. If you need assistance with copying of material, e.g. plans or other documents, the Compliance Consultant can help.
The Complaints Process
Neither the ARBV nor the Architects Tribunal have power to require rectification work to be carried out or order compensation.
When a complaint is received by the ARBV, it notifies the architect and asks for a response. Two ARBV members (an architect and non-architect) review and report on the matter. The ARBV then decides whether or not an inquiry should be held into the architect’s fitness to practise or professional conduct.
If the Architects Tribunal conducts an inquiry into an architect’s conduct and finds an allegation(s) against the architect proven it will make a Determination regarding Penalty.
Further information about the complaints process and Architects Tribunal inquiries is available on the ‘Make a Complaint’ page.
Other bodies who are helping to resolve cladding issues
The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) is conducting a state-wide audit of buildings to identify unsafe cladding. See the VBA’s website for more information about its audit and the cladding issue more generally, including fire safety concerns and steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of fire – www.vba.vic.gov.au/cladding.
The Victorian Cladding Taskforce has also been established by the government to investigate and address the use of non-compliant building materials on buildings within Victoria – for more information about the Taskforce see https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/building-policy/victorian-cladding-taskforce.
2018-2019 Annual Fee Invoices Sent
The invoices for registration renewal have been emailed out to all architects, companies and partnerships. If you have not received yours please first check your junk mail folder and if it is not there contact the ARBV at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pay online today via the ARBV website portal, simply log into your profile and click ‘Invoices’.
For FAQs on annual fee renewal click here.
DBDRV Assessors and Senior Assessors - Positions now being advertised.
DBDRV Assessors and Senior Assessor
The Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV) has been established to run the new domestic building dispute resolution process.
DBDRV employs Assessors and Senior Assessors who are responsible for on site assessments of building work and production of reports to assist with the resolution of domestic building disputes between owners and builders.
A further three Assessors and one Senior Assessor are needed to be appointed as employees of DBDRV and these positions are now being advertised.
The advertisement for the employment of these Assessors can be found at the Victorian Government Careers website at:
- Assessors: https://jobs.careers.vic.gov.au/jobs/VG-DJ0437MAY
- Senior Assessor: https://jobs.careers.vic.gov.au/jobs/VG-DJ0439.
The contact for more information about these positions is Alex Sellentin on (03) 9194 2715 or email@example.com.
RMIT Practice Futures Compendium 2018 - 11 May 2018
Click on this link to view the Practice Futures.
‘In Practice Futures we begin to investigate the challenges and opportunities that arise out of the increasing adoption of digital fabrication within the design and construction industries.’ – Vivian Mitsogianni
The lead researchers for Practice Futures are Professor Vivian Mitsogianni, Ben Milbourne, John Doyle and Patrick Macasaet.
This report was completed in 2018 by RMIT Architecture for the Practice Futures project commissioned by the ARBV.
Under the Architects Act, the Board may “apply any money at its discretion, for the purpose of the advancement of architectural education in any manner the Board determines”.
NEP Results Released - 10 May 2017
The results for the first online National Examination Paper (NEP) have been released.
Check your inbox APE candidates!
Minister’s Guideline and Building Product Safety Alert - 13 March 2018
The Minister for Planning has issued a guideline to reduce the risks to life and property arising from the inappropriate use of cladding products in external wall systems in multistory buildings in Victoria.
GRADUATE ARCHITECT? – NO SUCH THING! – You mean “Architectural Graduate” - 17 January 2018
Don’t risk prosecution!
The term “graduate architect” is only ever used by or about someone who has an architectural qualification but who is not registered as an architect.
This is a breach of the Architects Act, which restricts use of the title “architect” to persons whose name appears on the Register of Architects. Read more…
APE Dates 2018:
***LOGBOOK SUBMISSIONS FOR ROUND 1 ARE NOW CLOSED. NO FURTHER LOGBOOKS WILL BE ACCEPTED IN THIS ROUND***
Logbook submissions: Wednesday 21st February to Tuesday 27th February
National Examination Paper (NEP): Tuesday 17th April
Interviews: During May and June on dates TBC
Logbook submissions: Wednesday 11th July to Tuesday 17th July*
National Examination Paper (NEP): Tuesday 21st August
Interviews: During September and October on dates TBC
*Logbooks must be submitted during the specified submission dates. Late submissions will not be accepted