- A Link to the Ministerial Order is at the bottom of this page.
- Architects are required to fully familiarise themselves with the Ministerial Order, but for convenience, the following summary of the requirements is offered.
Type of Insurance required
Architects must be covered by Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance. The policy needs to specifically cover architects and the provision of architectural services.
Indemnity must be provided
Architect directors, principals, partners, or employees, or sole practitioners should be covered by the policy.
An architect is covered if he or she holds the insurance or is named or otherwise referred to in the policy held by an employer or the firm.
Regardless of who arranges and provides an architect’s PI insurance, every architect is responsible for ensuring they comply with their registration obligations.
Amount of Insurance required
Not less than $1 million plus not less than $200,000 or 20% for defence costs, with one automatic re-instatement.
Proof to be supplied to the ARBV
Practising architects are required to provide the Board with proof of PI cover as a condition of registration in the Practising Class. The form of proof required is a Certificate of Currency or equivalent.
If PI cover is provided by an employer, proof of that employment must be provided. This can be an email from the covered architect’s email address at that employer, or an email from that employer confirming the architect’s employment.
A new Certificate of Currency needs to be provided to the Board when the policy is renewed or changed, or if the architect changes employer and is covered by a different policy. Please do not re-supply it with the annual fee payment.
Proof should preferably be emailed as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make clear in the message whose registration the proof is being provided for by name (as per registration) and registration number.
Architects in the Practising Class who do not provide the required proof of compliant PI cover may have their registration suspended.
Definition in the Ministerial Order of Architects requiring Insurance
The Order generally applies to “Practising architects” that is all registered architects who “carry out work as an architect or intend to carry out work as an architect”