Application dates for NPrA 21 postponed

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.

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Changes to the validity period of the Skills Migration Assessment


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

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First Japanese APEC architect registered in NSW

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.

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Review of the National Competency Standards in Architecture (NCSA)

The final draft of the National Competency Standard for Architects is now available to stakeholders for comment.  Click here to see a summary of how the Review Group has dealt with the most common themes raised in the consultation. Click here to see the final draft of the National Standard of Competency for Architects. The preamble has been expanded to explain in simple terms the Standards and uses. Click here to see the draft  Preamble to the National Standard of Competency for Architects. Finally, click here to see how the revised Standard has been mapped against the NCSA. Please forward any comments to [email protected] by 15 September 2014.  

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Labour market update from Department of Employment

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 .

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APEC Architect

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.

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Review of the National Competency Standards in Architecture (NCSA)

The AACA conducts a review of all its processes at five yearly intervals to ensure their continuing relevance.  As part of that process a review of the National Competency Standards in Architecture (NCSA) is underway. A series of Fora will shortly be conducted around Australia.  Details are contained in the attached invitation. A copy of the Power Point presentation prepared for the Fora, together with a paper on proposed draft revisions to the NCSA, intended to provoke discussion, can be accessed here.

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