Architect Registration Boards
Each state and territory of Australia has its own Architect Registration Board established under legislation to register architects, conduct disciplinary investigations, pursue unregistered use of the term architect, accredit programs of study and educate the public on architectural issues. The Boards have a responsibility to the public, users of architectural services, the built environment industry, and Architects who employ graduates.
The eight Boards (and their respective establishing laws) are:
- NSW Architects Registration Board – Architects Act 2003 (NSW)
- Architects Registration Board of Victoria – Architects Act 1991 (Vic)
- Board of Architects of Queensland – Architects Act 2002 (Qld)
- The Architectural Practice Board of South Australia – Architectural Practice ACT 2009 (SA)
- Architects Board of Western Australia – Architects Act 2004 (WA)
- Australian Capital Territory Architects Board – Architects Act 2004 (ACT)
- Board of Architects of Tasmania – Architects Act 1929 (Tas)
- Northern Territory Architects Board – Architects Act (NT)
The members of Architect Registration Boards will generally have a mix of expertise, and may include architects in private practice, government practice and academia, as well as government and community nominees. Members may be directly appointed, or there may be a mix of appointed and elected. The eight Architect Registration Boards are collectively the owners of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.