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The ARBV Board

Information about the Board's composition and the Charter that governs its activities.

About the ARBV Board

The Board leads the ARBV and sets the organisation's strategic direction. It also monitors ARBV's operations and policies.

The Board has up to 10 members, including representatives as follows:

  • consumer representative, nominated by the Minister for Consumer Affairs
  • senior government architect, nominated by the Victorian Government Architect's Office
  • industry
  • architectural schools
  • allied industries.

This Minister for the purposes of the Act is the Minister for Planning, Ms Lizzie Blandthorn MP.

The Minister through the Governor in Council appoints members of the Board for up to a 3-year term.

Current Board members

Dr Giorgio Marfella, Chairperson, PhD, M.Arch

Representative of approved schools of architecture appointed by the Minister for Planning

Richard Salter, Deputy Chairperson, B.Eng (Hons), B.Sc

Representative of professional building industry organisations, nominated by the Housing Industry Association (Victoria)

Bruce Allen, B.Arch, M.Arch, M.B.A.

Elected representative of architects

Sophie Cleland, B.Arch (Hons)

Architect nominated from panel submitted by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)

Mark Curry, B.AppSc, BSW

Consumer representative nominated by the Minister for Consumer Affairs (Victoria)

Richard Drew, B.Eng (Hons), M.DesS, GradCertEng

Representative of the Institution of Engineers, Institute of Surveyors, Institute of Quantity Surveyors and Royal Australian Planning Institute

Stefan Preuss, Dipl. Ing Arch, MSc.Arch, GAICD

Practising senior government architect nominated by the Office of Victorian Government Architect

Danielle Roche, B.Eng (Hons), MWRMgt

Consumer representative nominated by the Minister for Consumer Affairs (Victoria)

Sally Wills, Adv. Dip. Building Design (Architectural)

Representative of professional building industry organisations


Elected representative of architects

Board Charter

  • The purpose of this charter is to set out the functions of the Architects Registration Board Victoria (ARBV). The Board for the purpose of the Charter is the governing body of the ARBV.

  • The ARBV is a body corporate established under the Architects Act (1991)External Link . The ARBV is subject to the general direction and control of the Responsible Minister (Minister for Planning) and accordingly, the Board is accountable to the Minister in respect of the performance by the ARBV of its functions.

  • The role of the Board is to provide leadership and strategic guidance for ARBV in addition to overseeing and monitoring ARBV's management of implementation of policies and strategic initiatives.

    The Board sets the framework for the achievement of ARBV’s objectives and the execution of its functions by:

    • determining policy directions
    • overseeing strategic planning
    • audit and compliance processes
    • prudent financial management
    • reviewing management performance
    • fostering stakeholder relationships
  • The decision-making authority of the Board in respect of powers conferred on the ARBV by the Act and Regulations are outlined in the table below.

    Architects Act 1991

    Legislative provision Powers & functions (all subsections unless otherwise stated)
    Part 3 - Registration & approval

    Section 11 - Registration
    Section 13 - Approval of a partnership (Subsections 1 and 3)
    Section 14 - Approval of a company (Subsections 1 and 4)
    Section 15 - Annual fees (Subsections 2, 3 and 4)
    Section 15A - Proof of required insurance

    Part 3A - Information gathering powers Section 17B - Information gathering powers
    Part 4 - Disciplinary proceedings

    Section 18 - Disciplinary powers of the Board
    Section 18A - Power to refer complaint to mediation (Subsection 1)
    Section 18B - Power to appoint person to assist Board
    Section 18E - Appointment of mediator (Subsection 1)
    Section 20 - Constitution of Tribunal
    Section 35 - Enforcement of determination (Subsection 1)
    Section 36 - Cancellation or suspension on withdrawal of qualification
    Section 36A – Suspension of registration (Subsections 1 and 2)
    Section 37 - Cancellation or suspension of approval (Subsections 1, 2 and 3)
    Section 40 - Revocation of suspension (Subsections 1, 1A and 2)

    Part 6 - Architects Registration Board of Victoria

    Section 46 - Powers and duties of Board
    Section 52 - Chairperson (Subsection 1)
    Section 53 - Deputy Chairperson (Subsection 1)
    Section 54 - Procedure of Board (Subsection 5)
    Section 57 - Appointment of Registrar and other officers (Subsection 1 as it relates to the Registrar and subsection 3)
    Section 57A - Delegation power of the Board

    Part 7 - Financial provisions Section 59 - Application of fees and penalties (Subsections 1(b) and 2)
    Part 8 - Enforcement

    Section 63 – Charge for offence (Subsection 1 as it relates to other officers authorised by the Board)

    Architects Regulations 2015

    Regulatory provision Powers & functions (all clauses unless otherwise stated)
    Part 2 - professional conduct Regulation 7 - Guidelines (Clause 1)
    Regulation 8 - Board may advise an architect on compliance
    Part 3 - Registration of architects and approval of partnerships and companies Regulation 13 - Qualifications - standard of professional practice
    Regulation 14 - Qualifications in Architecture (Clause c)
    Part 4 - The Board Regulation 23 - Returning Officer (Clause 23 b)
  • The principal responsibilities of the Board are at a strategic and policy direction level whilst the actions and decisions relating to the day-to-day management of the organisation are delegated to the Chief Executive Officer and senior management to manage and control.

    The Board sets the high-level framework for the achievement of ARBV’s objectives and the execution of its functions by:

    • approving policy directions, broad strategies and objectives (including KPI’s & targets) and overseeing planning and monitoring of performance
    • approving financial plans and budgets
    • appointment and monitoring performance of Chief Executive Officer/Registrar
    • oversighting and monitoring through its Committees:
      • audit and financial compliance
      • risk management strategies and frameworks
      • human resources
    • fostering a culture and set of values
  • The Board of ARBV is accountable to the Minister for the exercise of its functions. The Board is required under the Public Administration Act 2004External Link to:

    • Inform the Responsible Minister and the portfolio Secretary (Department Environment, Land, Water and Planning) of known major risks (significant or emerging) to the effective operation of ARBV and of the risk management systems that it has in place to address those risks.
    • Provide the Minister, unless prohibited from doing so by or under any law, with any information relating to ARBV or its operations as he or she requests.

    The Board pursuant to the Architects Act 1991External Link must advise the Minister on the carrying out of the Board's functions under the Act and on any other matter referred to it by the Minister.

    The Minister is responsible to the Parliament in respect of the performance by ARBV.

  • Appointment and re-election of Directors

    The Minister (through the Governor in Council) may appoint a maximum of 10 Board Members to ARBV for a term of up to three years, subject to the terms and conditions specified in the instrument of appointment with each Board Member being eligible for reappointment.

    The Board’s composition is on a representative basis through a nomination process to the Minister. The representation of the Board is:

    • Government (Senior Architect)
    • Royal Australian Institute of Architects
    • Building industry (2)
    • Consumer interests (2)
    • Institute of Quantity Surveyors
    • Schools of architecture
    • Architects (two appointed via election process)

    The Chief Executive Officer is not a member of the Board.

    The Chairperson of the Board must be an architect.

    Conduct of Directors

    Board Members have a duty of care and diligence in exercising their powers and discharge of duties.

    Board Members in the public sector are expected to observe the statutory business judgement rule applied to private sector corporations. This rule provides that Board Members in making business judgements, must appropriately inform themselves about the relevant subject and ensure they are expressing that judgement in the best interests of the organisation they represent.

    All directors must bring an independent judgment to bear on Board decisions. That is, directors must be free from any business or other relationship that could materially interfere with the exercise of their unfettered and independent judgment or be perceived to do so.

    All Board members of Victorian public sector entities including ARBV are required to comply with their common law duties. Those main common law duties as follows are reflected in the Directors Code of Conduct issued by the Victorian Public Sector Commission:

    • duty to act bona fide (in good faith) in the interests of the organisation as a whole
    • duty not to act for an improper purpose
    • duties of care and diligence
    • duty to retain discretion
    • duty to avoid conflicts of interest
    • duty not to disclose confidential information
    • duty not to abuse corporate opportunities
  • Meetings

    The Board holds at least one ordinary meeting every month other than January unless circumstances require otherwise.

    Board Members have a duty to:

    • raise questions and issues of concern to them
    • debate issues openly and constructively
    • use their skills, experience and knowledge when discussing issues before the Board
    • keep Board discussions and resolutions confidential, except where disclosure is obligatory, and
    • prepare adequately, attend and participate at each Board meeting

    Board committees

    Board Committees are formed only when it is efficient or necessary to facilitate decision making or where required by Government policies e.g. Audit and Risk Committees pursuant to the Financial Management Act. Board Committees observe the same rules of conduct and procedure as the Board unless the Board determines otherwise.

    The use of Board committees does not diminish the responsibilities of those Board members who are not members of a sub-committee. The matters considered by a Board committee remain decisions of the Board for which the entire Board must take responsibility and be held accountable. The delegation of a Board function to a committee is a delegation of functions only and not a delegation by the Board of its responsibility for the function.

    Board evaluation

    The Board annually undertakes a Board performance evaluation.

  • The Chief Executive Officer is accountable to and supportive of the Board in its governance role, strategic direction and accountability for the organisation. The Board and the Chief Executive Officer are expected to have a strong relationship based on mutual respect, trust and understanding of each other’s role.

    The relationship between the Chief Executive Officer and the Board encompasses:

    • Board sets and guides the broad organisational strategic direction and priorities, monitors governance and determines clear and explicit measurements for the Chief Executive Officer’s performance.
    • Chief Executive Officer is the primary link between the Board and staff of ARBV in communicating the Board’s strategy and priorities of the organisation to staff.
    • Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the ownership and presentation of decision papers, organisational reports, submissions and budgets to the Board.
    • The Chief Executive Officer reports to, and is accountable to, the Board as a whole but not to individual Board Members.
  • The Board is responsible for reviewing this charter to determine its appropriateness to the needs of the organisation from time to time.

Reviewed 20 September 2022

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