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Companies & Partnerships

Company Approval

Applying for Company Approval

The proposed company must comply with Section 14 of the Architects Act 1991. 

The Act states that the Board may approve a company for the purposes of this Act if satisfied that:

  • the constitution of the company provides that one of the purposes of the company is the practise of architecture; and
  • at least one director is an architect who is covered by the required insurance.

Applications may be completed by clicking the Register link at the top of the page, then following the instructions and uploading the documents provided below.

Applications are considered by the Board at its monthly meeting.

Maintaining Company Approval

If fees are not paid annually the Act provides for suspension from the Register. You are required to advise the Board by email of any change of address, changes to email contact details, or changes to Director(s) within 14 days.

If you require any additional information or are seeking to update your approval status, please do not hesitate to contact us at registrar@arbv.vic.gov.au.

Partnership Approval

Applying for Partnership Approval

The proposed Partnership must comply with Section 13 of the Architects Act 1991.

The Act provides that an approved partnership must have at least one of the partners be a practising architect, who is covered by the required insurance.

The annual fee is recurring. These fees are independent of the annual fees paid by the architects Partner(s) for their personal registration in Victoria.

Applications may be completed by clicking the Register link at the top of the page, then following the instructions and including relevant documents. Applications are considered by the Board at its monthly meeting.

Maintaining Partnership Approval

If fees are not paid annually the Act provides for suspension from the Register. You are required to advise the Board by email of any change of address or changes to Partner(s) within 14 days.

If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us at registrar@arbv.vic.gov.au.

Financial hardship assistance

What is financial hardship?

Financial hardship is when an individual, company or partnership is unable to pay due to an often unexpected short or long-term event.

Common events leading to this include:

  • changes in income and/or expenditure
  • significant economic business impacts e.g. cash flow, debts
  • emergency events such as coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
  • natural disasters
  • personal circumstances e.g. loss of employment, major illness

 

How can we help?

The ARBV understands unexpected circumstances can make it difficult to keep up with bills and payments. Depending on your circumstances you may be eligible for receiving additional time to pay statutory annual fees. This applies to annual fees* outlined Architects Act 1991 (Vic) and the Architects Regulations 2015.This applies to annual fees* outlined Architects Act 1991 (Vic) and the Architects Regulations 2015

*The ARBV is not able to consider providing additional time for other types of fees. These include application fees, assessment fees and revocation fees.

Financial hardship support relates to annual fees and is separate from the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) exceptional circumstances policy, which outlines the ARBV’s approach to refunds for APE candidates directly impacted by COVID-19.

Seeking financial hardship assistance

If you are experiencing financial hardship that is impacting your capacity to pay your annual fees, you must contact the ARBV to apply for hardship assistance before 1 July in the relevant year.

Applications can be made by completing the application for financial hardship assistance form below.

Architects and/or the relevant architect director or partner will need to provide written details of their circumstances, including the requested length of the payment extension being sought.

Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis.

 

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