Our purpose

The ARBV's purpose is to protect the interests of the Victorian community and instil confidence in the regulation, integrity and delivery of architectural services in Victoria. Established in 1923, the ARBV operates under the Architects Act 1991.

The ARBV strives to be a modern, trusted and connected regulator, to create:

  • a capable, compliant and informed profession
  • a community that understands the role of architects and the ARBV
  • a regulatory framework that drives strong outcomes.

To achieve its vision, the ARBV:

  • registers individual architects and approves partnerships and companies that provide architectural services
  • regulates and prepares guidance on architects' professional conduct and practice
  • investigates public complaints about architects
  • administers the Architectural Practice Examination, together with the Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA)
  • accredits architectural courses in Victoria.

Services for architects in Victoria

Victoria's architects use the ARBV to:

  • register as an individual architect in Victoria
  • seek approval for their company or partnership
  • understand their compliance requirements.

Services for the Victorian community

The Victorian community can use the ARBV to:

  • understand what architects do and their professional responsibilities
  • make a complaint about an architect's professional conduct.

Our core functions


Responsible for registration related activities including assessing and determining applications for registration. Find out more about Registration


Responsible for administering compliance obligations set out in the Architects Act 1991. Find out more about Compliance.

Architecture accreditation program

One of the ARBV's responsibilities is to accredit architectural programs in Victoria, including courses and programs delivered by technical and further education (TAFE) institutes and universities.

To register as an architect in Victoria, you must have completed an accredited architecture program.

View the list of accredited architectural programs in Australia and New Zealand.

Our values

The ARBV's work is underpinned by seven values:

  • accountability
  • human rights
  • impartiality
  • integrity
  • leadership
  • respect
  • responsiveness

Our organisational structure

We have a Board, Human Resources Committee, Audit and Risk Committee. The statutory authority is run by the Registrar/CEO who looks after 4 teams covering corporate services, compliance, general counsel and governance.

Reviewed 11 May 2021

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