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Meet ARB OPEN

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Meet ARB OPEN - a 3 year project to create a more open platform for architecture.
You can read more about ARB OPEN in our new 3 year Strategic Plan.

At it's centre, is a new digital-first strategy. So what does it mean for you? Well, firstly, we're saying goodbye to hardcopy mail. From now on you'll only hear from us by email. And it's up to you to make sure we can get in touch.

What else? This year:

  • Re-registrations must be completed between 1- 30 June 2017.
  • Architects will be able to tailor their own entry on the Register of Architects at any time
  • ALL architects are required to attach a CPD Activity Record and evidence of PII, if relevant

If you're the Nominated Responsible Architect for your firm you should also ensure your details are up to date when you re-register.

We'll share more in coming weeks as ARB OPEN comes alive.

Re-registrations must be completed between 1-30 June 2017

In past years, we've opened re-registrations in April for a full 3 months until 30 June.

We think this long period of time has been counter productive – allowing so long that no action was needed. As a result, many architects miss the 30 June deadline and end up with a $150 additional charge to be restored. We want to make it easier to get it right. So this year, we're opening re-registrations on 1 June, and closing at midnight on 30 June. This year, just think: it's due in June.

Architects can tailor their own entry on the Register of Architects at any time

One of the primary functions of the Board is to maintain a Register of Architects. But what purpose should it serve? Searching for an architect on the Register isn't very helpful. It tells you if the person is an architect or not. But if they are, we give no help to those looking to get in touch. We field calls all the time from homeowners and prospective clients looking for ways to contact an architect. We think architects might like the chance to take that call themselves. So ARB OPEN is giving architects the option to add an email, or phone number, a social media handle or business website.

ALL architects are required to attach a CPD Activity Record and evidence of PII, if relevant

In return for protection of the title, architects are expected to remain covered and stay current. This means 20 hours of every year needs to be allocated to continuing professional development (interestingly, the average Australian spends 4.4 hours each week commuting). From 1 June, ARB OPEN makes it easy for every practising architect to attach a CPD Activity Record. And if you carry your own Professional Indemnity Insurance policy, we're asking you to upload this too. These records remain confidential and secure.

And it's up to you to make sure we can get in touch.

An architect must inform the Board of any change in contact details within 14 days. In fact, the Licensing and Registration (Uniform Procedures) Act makes it an offence for us to have outdated details. What's more, if you unsubscribe to our emails, you can't know what you need to know. We won't email you unless you need to know. We don't send monthly newsletters to clog up your inbox.

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