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Architects Registration Board of Victoria

The ARBV’s purpose is to protect the community interest and instil confidence in the regulation, integrity, and delivery of architectural services in Victoria.

About the ARBV

The Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV) is a self-funding statutory authority that is primarily responsible for the registration of architects and approval of architectural companies/partnerships, investigation of complaints against architects, provision of Tribunal inquiry into professional conduct and accreditation of architecture courses.

The ARBV’s purpose is to protect the community interest and instil confidence in the regulation, integrity, and delivery of architectural services in Victoria. The Board was established in 1923 to carry out the duties entrusted to it by the Architects Registration Act 1922 and has operated since that time. The current Board was established under the Architects Act 1991.

Guided by the principles of impartiality, integrity, responsiveness and confidentiality, the Board has established transparent policies and procedures to act in the public interest, and to assist the profession to meet its professional standards. The Board consists of ten members, including nominations from the Minister for Consumer Affairs, the Profession, Architecture schools and Allied Industries. The members of the Board are appointed by Governor in Council in accordance with Section 47 of the Architects Act 1991. The Minister for the purposes of the Act is the Minister for Planning, the Hon. Richard Wynne.

The ARBV office is staffed by the Chief Executive Officer/Registrar, General Counsel, Chief Financial Officer, Registrations Manager, Compliance Officer as well as Administrative Support Officers.

 

Information for the Public and the Profession

The Register

The Board maintains a Register of architects, architectural partnerships, or companies registered with the Board.

Online applications and annual fee payments

The Board has online applications for registration, and company and partnership approvals. Architects can log in to make their annual registration payments and update their contact details.

Complaint Procedures

Written advice about Board procedures for complaints is available to the public and architects.

E-News for Registered Architects

Periodically emails are sent to architects containing advice about Board decisions, the legislation and regulations, examinations and items of general interest.

Board Members

Members in office are:
  • David Islip, Chairperson, B. Arch (Hons) B.P.D. Urban Design (Hons) FRAIA GAICD
    Practising Senior Government Architect nominated by the Office of Victorian Government Architect (Vic).
  • Ian Sutter, Deputy Chairperson, B.Arch. AIA
    Nominated by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (Victorian Chapter)
  • Clare Newton, B.Arch, D.Ed, GCert.HEd
    Nominated by an Approved School of Architecture (Melbourne University).
  • Arianne Rose, BSc, LLB, FAICD
    Consumer representative nominated by the Minister for Consumer Affairs (Vic)
  • Dionne Wright, BA, Dip.Ed, GradDipEd(EdLship)
    Consumer representative nominated by the Minister for Consumer Affairs (Vic)
  • Venise Reilly, BA, Dip Ed
    Representative of Professional Building Industry Organisations nominated by the Housing Industry Association (Vic)
  • Richard Salter, B.Eng (Hons), B.Sc
  • Representative of Professional Building Industry Organisations nominated by the Housing Industry Association (Vic)
  • Vacant
    Representative of the Institute of Engineers, Institute of Surveyors, Institute of Quantity Surveyors and Royal Australian Planning Institute.
  • Vacant (2 members)
    Representative of architects (2) by election in accordance with the procedures set out in the Architect Regulations 2015

 

ARBV Board Charter

The purpose of this charter is to set out the functions of the governing body of the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV).

Committees and Panels

The Board has two standing committees: the Audit and Risk Committee meets quarterly, and the Human Resources Committee meets as required. In addition, the Board appoints the Architectural Services Awards working group annually to manage the awards process.

The Board establishes advisory panels on major policy issues to inform its decision-making as-needed, such as in education policy, tribunals, legislation, and competencies for the profession. Panels have been appointed in the past to fulfil the purposes of the Act in the following areas: examinations and assessment, recognition of academic equivalence, review and accreditation of schools of architecture and their courses, and a working party on CPD.

The Assessment of Architectural Practice and other Examinations

The Board has appointed a panel of architects to examine applicants for registration to ensure that their professional experience and understanding meet the standards required by the public. The examination process is held twice yearly, based on national guidelines.

Accreditation Panel

The Board has appointed a standing panel for accreditation and assessment of courses in architecture. See the University Courses page of this website for details. Refer to the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) for information about accredited courses.

Staff

Administration
  • Adam Toma
    Chief Executive Officer & Registrar (accountable officer for the purposes of Part 7, section 42, of the Financial Management Act 1994), responsible for policy matters and the registration of architects.
  • Krista Weymouth
    General Counsel & Deputy Registrar
  • Darren O’Beirne
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Fiona Gjoni
    Registrations Manager
  • Oowan Davies
    Compliance Officer
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