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


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - Important information from the ARBV

We understand this is a challenging time for many architects (as well as those seeking registration with the ARBV). The ARBV is committed to identifying ways to support architects with their compliance and other regulatory obligations during this period. Read more

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - ARBV operating arrangements

In response to the rapidly evolving challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ARBV is changing the way we deliver our services.

To protect the safety of our staff and visitors to our office, we are providing the ARBV’s services remotely.

We will close our physical office from Monday 23 March until further notice, however we remain very much open for business.

Please check our website and social media channels for updates on our work arrangements and services.

Contact arrangements

Our team is available as follows.

ARBV phone:         03 9417 4444
Business hours:    9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

Individual staff remain contactable via their direct phone numbers and email addresses.

On behalf of everyone at the ARBV, we hope you and your loved ones stay safe.

April 2020 National Examination Paper - Changes due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

The APE National Examination Paper scheduled for 21 April 2020 will be postponed until 18 August 2020.  Candidates for session one will automatically be enrolled in the National Examination Paper on 18 August 2020. Please see the AACA website for more information. The ARBV will write to candidates in the coming days.



ARBV Update - Edition 1, March 2020

ARBV Update, our new quarterly e-news for architects (practising) is now available Read more

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.