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Our role

Our role

The NSW Architects Registration Board (the ‘NSW ARB’) is constituted by, and operates under, the Architects Act 2003, the legislation regulating architects in NSW.

Our primary role is to

  • protect consumers of architectural services by ensuring that architects provide services to the public in a professional and competent manner
  • register architects and monitor their Continuing Professional Development and Professional Indemnity Insurance obligations
  • discipline architects who have acted unprofessionally or incompetently
  • accredit architectural qualifications for the purpose of registration and administer the Architectural Practice Examination for registration as an architect in NSW
  • inform the public about the qualifications and competence of architects and the procurement of architectural services
  • promote a better understanding of architectural issues in the community.

The Board has the following functions:

  • the registration of architects
  • the investigation of complaints against architects
  • the taking of disciplinary action against architects found to be guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct
  • the accreditation of courses of study in architecture in NSW
  • the promotion of community discussion about architectural issues
  • the provision of general advice to consumers of architectural services with respect to the ethics and standards of professional competence that are generally expected of architects, and
  • the provision of advice to the Minister with respect to any other matter in connection with the administration of the Act.
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