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Read the latest news and updates from the Architects Registration Board of Victoria.


Last chance to have your say on the NSCA - survey closes 27 February 2020

During 2020 the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) is coordinating a review of the National Standard of Competency for Architects (NSCA). The NSCA is the assessment benchmark for all programs on the path to registration as an architect in Australia. The review will be guided by an Expert Reference Group comprising nominees from stakeholder bodies in the profession. Read more

Applications for AACA’s 2020 National Program of Assessment (NPrA) close 28 February 2020

The NPrA provides an alternative entry to the Architectural Practice Examination for experienced design practitioners who have not completed an architectural qualification.

The AACA’s National Program of Assessment for experienced practitioners who have not completed an accredited architectural qualification is recognised by all Australian Architect Registration Boards as an alternate entry to the Architectural Practice Examination, successful completion of which is required prior to applying for registration as an architect.

The NPrA is a design exercise that tests candidates’ competency in architecture on the basis of their acquired knowledge and experience.   The focus of the design exercise is to design a complex building in response to a hypothetical project brief.  Applications for Stage 1 Eligibility close on 28 February 2020.

Questions? Contact the AACA: or 02 8042 8930

Changes to professional indemnity insurance compliance requirements

Planning Minister Richard Wynne has issued an Architects Insurance Ministerial Order about professional indemnity insurance requirements for architects relating to non-compliant external wall cladding. The Ministerial Order dated 15 January 2020 will formally come into effect on 15 February 2020. Read more

Media Release - Proposed Architects Act reforms to boost consumer protection and confidence

The Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV) welcomes proposed legislative reforms to the Architects Act introduced into parliament by the State Government this week.

Read the full media release here.

Logo policy change

The ARBV’s logo use policy has been reviewed. The review found that third party use of the ARBV’s logo might be viewed as affiliation with individuals or companies.

Considering the potential for confusion within the community about the ARBV’s role as a regulator, the ARBV has decided to revoke the use of its logo by third parties. There will be a six month phase-out period.

Persons or entities who have been granted permission to use the ARBV logo may continue to do so in accordance with the conditions of their approval until 28 February 2020.

Update: Annual CPD Declaration

The ARBV is introducing an annual continuing professional development (CPD) declaration as part of registration renewal. From 1 July 2020, architects registered in the practising class will be asked to declare that they have completed and documented professional development to maintain their skills and knowledge in compliance with the Victorian Architects Code of Professional Conduct (as included in the Architects Regulations 2015). The declaration will relate to the registration period from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.

The declaration is a new process to support ARBV’s previous endorsement of a national model of CPD, developed by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, and assist to drive continuous improvement in architects’ skills and knowledge and enhance the reputation of profession with consumers.

The ARBV will provide more communication about the declaration process soon. This does not affect the current registration renewal process – no declaration is required for renewals that commenced on 1 July 2019.