AU/UK Free Trade Agreement paves the way for greater global skills mobility
The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia has welcomed the announcement this week of a new free trade agreement between Australia and the United Kingdom.
AACA CEO Kathlyn Loseby said a deepening of the ties with one of Australia’s closest allies and trading partners is one of mutual benefit and paves the way for a range of further measures that will capitalise on the benefits for professionals in both nations.
“We congratulate both the Australian and UK governments on reaching this important agreement and thank DFAT for the inclusive and constructive role they have facilitated for us as part of this process,” Ms Loseby said.
“In addition to the substantial benefits trade liberalisation will deliver for both producers and consumers, the FTA also opens up critical opportunities for a range of professionals, including architects.
“Under the terms of the FTA, professionals will benefit from provisions to support mutual recognition of qualifications and greater certainty for skilled professionals entering each of our respective labour markets.
“This new arrangement enhances the global exchange of skills, expertise, collaboration and employment opportunities – something we have not had with the UK for decades.
“The AACA, with DFAT’s authorisation, is in the final stages of negotiating a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) that will ‘recognise the professional credentials of architects registered in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand’ and ‘ support their mobility by creating the opportunity to practise beyond their borders’.”
The MRA will ‘facilitate the registration of an architect registered in the United Kingdom as an Australian architect or New Zealand architect; and the registration of an Australian architect or New Zealand architect as an architect in the United Kingdom.’
Instigated under the leadership of former AACA CEO Kate Doyle, the MRA is the culmination of years of engagement work with the New Zealand and United Kingdom Architects Registration Boards.
“While COVID-19 has put a halt temporarily to international travel and migration, we are forging ahead with this MRA so that when Australia’s borders re-open both our architects and our communities here will be poised to benefit from a much more straightforward skills recognition process,” Ms Loseby said.
“Architects are among the most highly qualified professionals alongside the legal and medical fraternities. Architecture is also one of the professions that benefits most from collaboration. “Recognising architects’ credentials globally will literally open up a whole new world of tremendous opportunities to transform the lived experience of our built environment.”
The report explains how the Examination is developed. Separately, you can see a national summary of how candidates performed in each scenario by questions and relevant performance criteria in the April 2021 National Examination Paper.
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Stage 5 of the Review of the National Standard of Competency for Architects (NSCA) concluded at the start of March. This stage sought comment from Stakeholders on a Consultation Draft of the proposed revised Standard. 25 submissions were received, with the majority of stakeholder feedback:
Supporting the restructuring of the Standard
Supporting the open and transparent process that had been undertaken to-date.
Following review and analysis of the submissions by the AACA and consideration of the issues by the Expert Reference Group, the following work is being undertaken on the proposed revised Standard:
Review for consistency of terminology and language
Clearer delineation between the three competency levels, and clarification that the third competency level will only be used by Architect Registration Boards as they see fit within their local jurisdiction
Inclusion of critical areas of practice required at the graduate competency level
Clarity around language and requirement for contract administration, project management, and cultural and environmental requirements
A re-ordering of the organisation of the Performance Criteria within each of the 4 Units
Further review of all Performance Criteria to ensure that they are all framed in a manner that allows them to be assessable
The AACA thanks the members of the Expert Reference Group for their involvement in the review process from March 2020 to March 2021:
Dr Tanja Glusac (WA) – AASA Nominee
Ms Charmaine Kai (QLD) – ACA Nominee
Mr Bill Krotiris (VIC) – nominated by the ARBs as having current practice experience
Dr Kirsten Orr (NSW) – nominated by the Registrars of the ARBs as having experience with regulation
Emeritus Professor Alec Tzannes AM (NSW) – AIA Nominee
The following work continues in support of the finalisation of the review and publishing of the revised 2021 NSCA by mid-year:
The proposed revised Standard is being prepared for referral to the eight Australian Architect Registration Boards for their detailed consideration and endorsement.
A detailed Implementation Plan is being developed, inclusive of the need to prepare updated Program, Assessor and Candidate Guides and other relevant documentation.
A further update will be provided by mid 2021, inclusive of more detailed information on the Implementation Plan and associated timings.
The National Program of Assessment (NPrA) provides an alternative entry to the Architectural Practice Examination for practitioners who have relevant experience under the supervision of an architect but have not completed an accredited architectural qualification.
The National Program of Assessment is a design exercise that tests candidates’ competency in design based on their acquired knowledge and experience. Candidates must design a complex building in response to a hypothetical design brief. See here for information about the program, including assessors and past applicants talking about the program.
The AACA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathlyn Loseby as incoming CEO effective 8 March 2021.
Kathlyn brings to the role significant leadership and relationship management expertise developed over her career in architectural practice and business, and her advocacy within the Institute of Architects and the construction industry more broadly.
President of the AACA, Catherine Townsend says: “We ae delighted that Kathlyn will be joining the AACA as CEO. Kathlyn is an accomplished leader and brings an excellent skillset to the AACA team ready to lead us in to the future. This year will focus on the implementation of the revised National Standard of Competency and the changing regulatory frameworks in the construction industry”.
Moving into the role as CEO of the AACA would be exciting at any point but it is particularly engaging at this point in time with broad changes afoot across the profession and the industry in general. I feel it has clear synergies with my recent roles in practice, as an assessor, in advocacy and in regulatory development. In these roles, I have become ever more aware that the AACA underpins all aspects of the profession and is a fundamental, critical player in the future development of the industry and our profession’s ability to shape this future in a positive way, says Kathlyn.
Kate Doyle is stepping down from the role of CEO on 5 March. The AACA acknowledges Kate’s great contribution to the AACA, and thanks her for outstanding leadership and unfailing professionalism over her tenure.
“Kathlyn’s appointment as CEO ensures the continuing relevance and role of the AACA across the profession and the construction more broadly”, says AACA’s President Catherine Townsend.
The amendments include a small number of corrections and a small number of procedural clarifications. There has been no material change to the underpinning focus of the Procedure, which is to assess that architecture programs are designed to enable a graduate to achieve the required 37 Performance Criteria of the National Standard of Competency for Architects.
The complete updated procedural document set can be downloaded from this link. This 58 page PDF contains the main procedural document and all supporting guidance documents in a single PDF.
Located on Gadigal Country, the AACA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.