AACA’s Overseas Qualifications Assessment Process, conducted in 2 stages, determines how individual overseas academic qualifications compare with a current Australian accredited qualification in architecture. Once an applicant’s qualification has been deemed comparable he/ she is eligible to undertake the Architectural Practice Examination (APE), successful completion of which is required before applying for registration as an architect with a state or territory architects registration board.
The application fee is $1,071 Australian dollars. A credit card surcharge of 1.6% is applied.
Please read the OQA Stage 1 Guide carefully before completing this form.
Payment - have your credit card details and card security password* ready BEFORE completing this online application form. Payment is required to be made immediately after the form is completed. Your form will NOT be saved or submitted if your payment is declined.*Your security password may be referred to as "3D Secure", "Verified by Visa" or "MasterCard SecureCode" depending on your credit card type and your bank.
Review the checklist of documents required to be submitted as part of your application:
The current OQA program and fees are valid until 28 Feb 2022 only and the new requirements and pricing will come into effect from 1 March 2022. Applicants who are currently working on their applications are recommended to finalise their submissions as soon as possible as the current format and fees will no longer be available from 1 March 2022. Further information regarding fees. New submission requirements will be published no later than 1 Feb 2022.
Skilled Migration Assessments from March 2022: New applicants who wish to apply for Overseas Qualifications Assessment must complete Stage 1 and 2 concurrently. This will allow applicants who do not reside in Australia the opportunity to complete the full assessment, further information and an application platform will be available in Feb 2022.
Please note returning applicants who have applied for Stage 1 before 1 March 2022 will still be able to apply for Stage 2 without the need to lodge a new concurrent application.