The AACA aims to become a leading innovator in commissioning and leveraging research at the intersection of architectural education and practice that connects and informs government, industry and the education sector. See here for details of the Strategy approved by the AACA Board in April 2015.
AACA will be closed for the Christmas break from close of business on Tuesday 23 December and will re-open Monday 5 January 2015. 27 November 2014
As from 1 January 2015 candidates for the APE must log a minimum of 3,300 in their logbook which is assessed in Stage 1 of the APE. See here for information about the AACA log book. The log book may be downloaded from here. If you completed your log book prior to 20 November 2014 when the revised logbook was uploaded you should contact the Architects Registration Board in your State or Territory.
The AACA is undertaking a review of the NPrA. The review will consider processes for determining eligibility for the programme, communication with applicants and improvements to the administration of the programme. Therefore, the opening date for applications for the upcoming NPrA will be postponed until June/July 2015. Please contact the CEO at [email protected] if you have any questions.
From 1 July 2014, if a skills assessment is mandatory as part of a visa application, it will only be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue, or a shorter validity period if specified on the assessment.
· For points-tested visas, applications made before 1 July 2014 will not be affected by this change.
· For Employer Sponsored or subclass 485 visas, applications made before 1 July 2014 will not be affected by this change.
· Subclass 457 applications will not be affected by this change.
For more details on this change please go to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website (Link to http://www.immi.gov.au/News/Pages/new-validity-requirement-skills-assessments.aspx
Mr Hisao Fujita is the first Japanese APEC architect to be registered in an Australian jurisdiction under the APEC Architect Agreement. After successfully completing the AACA Supplementary Assessment Process, the NSW Architects Registration Board accepted his application for registration on 20 August 2014. An APEC Architect is a person who is registered or licensed as an architect in a participating economy for a period of at least seven years. Under the APEC Architect Agreement Australia and New Zealand have agreements with Japan, Singapore and Chinese Taipei. This means that APEC Architects from Japan, Singapore and Chinese Taipai may apply to the AACA to sit the APEC Architect Supplementary Assessment process to determine whether they have an appropriate knowledge of the provision of architectural services in Australia in order to operate at the standard expected of architects in Australia. Australian architects with more than seven years post registration experience may apply to be included on the Australian APEC Architect Register. Australian APEC architects are then eligible to apply to the above jurisdictions bypass those regular assessments and simply sit the Domain Specific Assessment in the respective jurisdictions.
The Australian Labour Market Update publication (ALMU) is a quarterly publication prepared by the Department of Employment on labour market issues to better inform community organisations, migrant resource centres, recent migrants and overseas people interested in working or settling in Australia on a temporary or permanent basis. The July 2014 Hot Topic focuses on architects and landscape architects. See http://www.employment.gov.au/australian-labour-market-update-publication. .
Australia has now signed Bi-lateral Agreements under the APEC Architect framework with Chinese Taipei and Japan, and a trilateral Agreement with Singapore and New Zealand.
AACA President Ric Thorp has announced changes to the CEO and other staff appointments.
A new portal, Architects in Australia, has been launched to provide a range of information relating to registration as an Architect in the states and territories of Australia. It includes a list of individual Architects practising in those jurisdictions.