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  • 22 July 2021

    Architects are invited to participate in a major research project conducted by Monash University to examine and support the work-related wellbeing of people working in architecture in Australia.

    This research project has been funded in the most recent round of the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects scheme. It will be the first major study to use interdisciplinary, qualitative and quantitative methods to address the question of how workplace cultures and professional identity affect subjective wellbeing in architecture – and lay the foundations for practical improvements in the future.

    The project has a large number of industry-based research partners, including regulatory bodies such as the NSW Architects Registration Board, peak industry groups such as the Australian Institute of Architects, and Association of Consulting Architects (ACA), as well as the peak body representing architecture schools – the Association of Australasian Schools of Architecture (AASA). In addition, the project has six practices as research partners – architectural offices committed to improving employee wellbeing in relation to culture and community. They are: BVN, DesignInc, Elenberg Fraser, The Fulcrum Agency, Hassell, and SJB.

    Participation in the survey is voluntary, and responses will be anonymous and confidential.

    The survey closes Tuesday, 3 August 2021.

    For more information and to take part in the survey visit work-related wellbeing in architecture.

  • 28 April 2021

    The composition of the ARBV Board includes two elected representatives of architects as prescribed by s47(2) c) of the Architects Act 1991 (the Act). The terms of office of the two elected architect representatives currently on the ARBV Board are expiring and will become vacant.

    In accordance with regulation 25 of the Architects Regulations 2015, an election for the nomination of two architects to the ARBV Board has been conducted.

    Voting is now closed for the nominations of the elected Board members. The outcome has been provided to the Minister for Planning and an outcome will be announced in the coming months.

    View the Declaration of Result:

  • 12 April 2021

    We are pleased to announce that following an executive recruitment search the Board has appointed Dr Glenice Fox as ARBV’s new CEO/Registrar.

    Glenice comes to the role as an accomplished senior executive with a wealth of regulatory experience, including as General Manager of the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria from 2016 to 2019. In that role Glenice was responsible for coordinating several significant operational and strategic initiatives, including initiatives with lasting benefits for the community and its interaction with the veterinary profession.

    Glenice is keen to build on the work undertaken by the ARBV over the last two years to develop the organisation as a professional and proactive regulator. As CEO/Registrar, Glenice is committed to working with the staff and Board to roll out key operational and strategic initiatives and support architects to comply with their regulatory obligations. She is also looking forward to working closely with ARBV stakeholders including government, consumers, industry and other regulators to identify opportunities to improve regulatory design and interaction and enhance the delivery of the ARBV’s regulatory strategy.

  • 1 April 2021

    ARBV are relocating to new premises!

    Our new address is:

    Level 10, 533 Little Lonsdale Street

    Melbourne, VIC 3000

    Staff will continue working remotely until our new office is ready to move in which is currently scheduled for later this year.

    Our contact details remain the same, but please be aware if you are sending mail to us at our old address, it may take longer than usual as we have a mail redirect in place.

  • 1 February 2021

    Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has announced a prohibition on flammable aluminium composite panels and rendered expanded polystyrene as external wall cladding on all future multi-story developments.

    Taking effect from February 1, the ban will prohibit the use of these products on apartment buildings, and other residential buildings such as hotels and aged care facilities with two or more storeys.

    For more information visit Cladding Rectification Program.

  • 14 December 2020

    Our office will close on Thursday, 24 December 2020 and reopen Monday, 4 January 2021. Best wishes for the festive season from the ARBV.

  • 11 June 2020

    The Board of the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV), at its meeting on 8 May 2020, elected Ms Karen Alcock as Board Chairperson following previous Chairperson Mr David Islip stepping down.

    Ms Alcock is Principal of MAArchitects, which she founded in 2008 after 10 years working as a director of Neometro Architects. Ms Alcock is passionate about the importance of architecture in creating liveable spaces that people want to live, work, and play in.

    Ms Alcock places a strong emphasis on the critical role of design in architectural practice. In addition to a strong design focus, Ms Alcock also has strengths in project delivery and practice management.

    Ms Alcock is actively involved in promoting the importance of design and architecture in the community. Ms Alcock was made a fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects in 2016. She is currently on the Victorian Design Review panel of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA), and also on the Architecture Advisory Board for the University of Melbourne.

    Ms Alcock looks forward to working with the Executive and Board to further develop the ARBV as a contemporary, professional regulator in line with the Minister’s Statement of Expectations. Key initiatives will include updating the ARBV’s website to provide an improved user interface and access to more comprehensive resources for architects and consumers, further developing the regulatory strategy and cultivating effective working relationships with the ARBV’s key stakeholders. 

    The Board, at its meeting on 8 May 2020, thanked Mr Islip for the significant contribution he has made since joining the Board in July 2013 and as Chairperson since December 2017. The Board noted the professionalism, energy and commitment Mr Islip demonstrated in carrying out his duties as Chairperson. His generous leadership, shared experience and the guidance exhibited in his role as Chairperson was unanimously acknowledged by the Board. Mr Islip will continue as an ARBV Board member.

  • 15 February 2020

    Planning Minister Richard Wynne has issued an Architects Insurance Ministerial Order about professional indemnity insurance requirements for architects relating to non-compliant external wall cladding. The Ministerial Order dated 15 January 2020 will formally come into effect on 15 February 2020. Read more about the Ministerial Order.

  • 29 October 2019

    The Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV) welcomes proposed legislative reforms to the Architects Act introduced into parliament by the State Government this week.

    Recent issues in the building and construction industry have highlighted the need to modernise the ARBV’s legislation to ensure it is adequately equipped to carry out its role—especially in protecting community interests and improving consumer confidence in the integrity and delivery of architectural services in Victoria.

    ARBV CEO and Registrar, Adam Toma, said: “Architects are often engaged in the design and delivery of complex buildings, including residential towers, and the number of new architects registered in Victoria continues to grow year‐on‐year.”

    “The proposed reforms to the ARBV’s outdated legislation will boost consumer protection and reduce risk by ensuring the ARBV is adequately equipped to better support, monitor and enforce compliance in an increasingly complex regulatory environment,” said Mr Toma.

    The proposed changes would provide the ARBV with improved powers to enforce the Architects Act 1991 and Architects Regulations 2015 including powers to immediately suspend architects who pose a significant risk to consumers. The reforms also aim to strengthen the ARBV’s important role of supporting architects to comply with their obligations through new provisions relating to ongoing continuing professional development.   

    Key highlights:

    • A requirement that architects be a ‘fit and proper person’ at all times in order to be allowed to practise in Victoria. This requirement is widely used by many professions to determine suitability to practise and will bring architects into line with other practitioners in the building industry.
    • Enhanced continuing professional development provisions that will require all architects to comply with any prescribed continuing professional development obligations and to provide proof of their compliance to the ARBV by 1 July each year.
    • New information gathering powers enabling the ARBV to compel architects to provide information or documents in a range of circumstances, such as where the ARBV has reasonable grounds to suspect an architect has failed to comply with their regulatory obligations. This will assist the ARBV in monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Architects Act and Regulations.
    • Immediate suspension of registration, pending inquiry in a variety of circumstances, including where the ARBV reasonably believes that an architect has contravened provisions of the Architects Act or the Regulations; the architect ceases to be a fit and proper person; the architect has been convicted of a specified type of indictable offences; the architect has been the subject of multiple adverse disciplinary actions by the Architects Tribunal; the architect has not provided proof of the required insurance; or where the ARBV is satisfied that the architect is not covered by the required insurance.

    The ARBV will provide more information to consumers and architects about what these changes mean to them once the legislative reform process is finalised.

ARBV Update

ARBV Update is our e-newsletter for registered architects in Victoria.

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