The Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV) is empowered by the
Architects Act 1991 to:
- register architects and approve architectural companies and
- 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
- 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
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
The ARBV promotes good practice through its Awards, its publications and
The dates for the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) are:
Log book submissions
submission no later than midnight on Tuesday 23rd July 2013 (Log books may be submitted from Wednesday 17th
Tuesday 27th August 2013 at 11am
On dates to be advised.
ELECTION OF ARCHITECTS TO THE ARBV
Nominations for the two positions closed at midday on the 17th May
2013, and as the number of nominations is the same as the number of
vacancies to be filled, I declare David Sainsbery and David Hallett
elected unopposed under s26 of the Architects Regulations 2004.
Board members currently in office are:
David Sainsbery, Chairperson (elected architect), Colleen
Peterson, Deputy Chairperson (Allied Professions), David Hallett,
(elected architect), Bernadine Mcnamara (Minister for Consumer Affairs),
Ian Sutter (AIA), Debra Low Choy (Building Industry), Arianne Rose
(Minister for Consumer Affairs), Venise Reilly (Building Industry)
Two further positions are currently vacant, one who is chosen
from a list of names submitted by the schools of architecture, and one
member who is a practising senior government architect.
Victorian Building Authority
The announcement of the Victorian Building Authority and the
inclusion of the Architects Registration Board of Victoria
in it, came as a surprise to the Board which has a long
history of excellent work dating back to 1923.
The legislation to put this into effect is planned for the
1st July 2014.
If you wish to have your views noted, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or use the "contact us"
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
Please check the Resources page for updated Board policies.