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About the Act
Learn about the Architects Act 1991 and the Architects Regulations 2015

Architects have been registered in Victoria since the first Architects Act in 1923. The current Act is the Architects Act 1991.

Architects Act 1991

The Act contains provisions for

  • Registration of architects
  • Approval of companies and partnerships to offer architectural services
  • Regulation of architects’ professional conduct
  • Procedures for handling complaints against architects
  • Protection of the title of “Architect” and the terms “architectural services”, “architectural design services” and “architectural design”
  • Accreditation of architectural qualifications
  • Board determination of qualifications and experience required for registration
  • Architects Registration Board membership, procedures, powers and duties

To view a copy of the Architects Act 1991, visit www.legislation.vic.gov.au. Click the ‘Victorian Law Today’ tab, select ‘Acts’ and scroll in the alpha list under ‘A’.
For more information on the purposes of the Act, click on the ‘Purposes of the Act’ tab.

Purposes of the Architects Act 1991

The Board exists to serve the public interest through the following purposes of its legislation. On-going Board projects fulfil each of these purposes in the following ways:

The registration of architects
  • In conjunction with the AIA and architecture schools, conduct accreditation reviews of qualifications offered by the approved universities
  • Conduct examinations of practical experience for applicants for registration
  • Maintain the Register and give advice about registration
  • Register new architects and maintain annual registration for individual architects
The approval of architectural partnerships and architectural companies
  • administer approval procedures
  • review company structure within regulations and advise firms on compliance
  • maintain annual registration of approved companies and partnerships
Regulate the professional conduct of architects
  • provide advice to the profession and public about the professional conduct regulations
  • disseminate advice to the profession through emails, and to both the public and the profession via the Board website
Provide a procedure for handling complaints against architects
  • Provide advice to the public about complaint procedures and how to make a complaint
  • Review complaints and decide if they should be referred to the Architects Tribunal. (The Architects Tribunal, which is independent of the Board, conducts professional conduct inquiries – the Board itself does not do this.)

For more information about complaints, please refer to Complaints section on this website.

Regulate the use of the words “architect”, and the terms “architectural services”, “architectural design services” and “architectural design”.
  • Provide advice to the public about the controlled language
  • Investigate apparent breaches of the title provisions of the Act and where compliance is not obtained, prosecute offenders in the Magistrates Court
National initiatives and cooperation with Architects Boards in other jurisdictions
  • Accreditation
  • Registration
  • Architectural Practice Examinations
  • Recognition of overseas qualifications
  • Alternative means of entry to registration – National Program of Assessment. (NPrA)
  • Professional conduct provisions
  • Continuing Professional Development policies
  • The National Competency Standards in Architecture
  • The proposed national recognition of registration.

Architects Regulations 2015

The Regulations form part of the Act and include professional conduct regulations (Regulations 6 – 16) which are binding on architects.

To view a copy of the Architects Regulations 2015, visit www.legislation.vic.gov.au. Click the ‘Victorian Law Today’ tab, select ‘Statutory Rules’ and scroll in the alpha list under ‘A’.

If you have any questions about the Act or Regulations please call or email the Board.

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