About the ARBV

Information about the ARBV's role and functions, as well as our purpose, values and success measures

Establishment and role

Established in 1923 the ARBV is a self-funded Victorian public sector entity.

The Architects Act 1991 (Vic) (the Act) establishes the framework for the regulation of architects in Victoria and has as its purposes:

  • to provide for the registration of architects
  • to provide for the approval of partnerships and companies providing architectural services
  • to regulate the professional conduct of architects
  • to provide a procedure for handling complaints against architects
  • to regulate the use of the terms “architect”, “architectural services”, “architectural design services” and “architectural design”
  • to establish the Architects Registration Board of Victoria.


The ARBV is accountable to the Minister for Planning, who is accountable to Parliament and the community for the performance of the ARBV. The Minister for Planning also establishes key governance and performance priorities for the ARBV through a Statement of Expectations. In overseeing the performance of the ARBV, the Minister for Planning is supported by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.


The ARBV’s statutory functions include:

  • assessing and determining applications for registration
  • from individuals and applications for approval from partnerships and companies
  • suspending and cancelling registrations or approvals and revoking suspensions where required
  • regulating the professional conduct of architects, approved partnerships and approved companies
  • preparing guidelines on professional conduct and practice for architects, approved partnerships and approved companies
  • publishing information relating to the operation of the ARBV and the Act
  • together with the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA), administering the Architectural Practice Examination, the most common pathway to registration
  • accrediting architectural programs of study within Victoria, in accordance with the established Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure in Australia and New Zealand administered by the AACA and in doing so, determining qualifications required for registration under the Act
  • investigating and bringing proceedings for offences against the Act
  • carrying out any other powers and functions which are given to it by the Act or which are necessary to implement the Act.

Our purpose

To protect the community interest and instil confidence in the regulation, integrity and delivery of architectural services in Victoria.

Our values

The ARBV operates in accordance with the Victorian Public Sector Values of:

  • Responsiveness
  • Integrity
  • Impartiality
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Leadership
  • Human Rights

Our success measures

  • A capable, compliant and informed profession
  • A community that understands the role of architects and the ARBV
  • A modern, trusted and connected regulator
  • A regulatory framework that drives strong outcomes