The NSW Architects Registration Board (ARB) administers the Architects Act 2003, the legislation regulating architects in NSW. When the Act was introduced in to NSW parliament, the end result was to be "a community actively discussing architecture that is contributing to its wellbeing, a community that is serviced by architects who have a robust professional framework and a flexible system of professional discipline. The benefits will be a more transparent profession of architecture, clearly articulated to community needs and conducting its business within a regulatory regime that is simply administered and easily worked within".
You can read more of the original intent behind the Act in the Second Reading speech from 2004.
The Board's key role is to protect consumers of architectural services by ensuring that architects provide services to the public in a professional and competent manner, disciplining architects who have acted unprofessionally or incompetently, accrediting architectural qualifications for the purpose of registration, informing the public about the qualifications and competence of individuals or organisations holding themselves out as architects, and promoting a better understanding of architectural issues in the community.
The Board is responsible to the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Matt Kean MP. This portfolio sits within the broader Finance, Services and Innovation cluster of cabinet.
The work of the Board is totally funded by fees paid by architects and architect corporations and firms.
The NSW ARB adheres to the Business Ethics Statement as detailed on the Office of Finance and Services website.