Renewals

Introduction of 1, 3 and 5 year rolling registration

Changes to the Architects Act 2003 effective from 1 July 2020 include the introduction of section 17(A), allowing an architect to nominate a one, three or five-year term for registration and providing for rolling registration commencing at any point in time and not expiring until one, three or five years later.  These changes are set out in

Schedule 2.1 to the Fair Trading Legislation Amendment (Reform) Act 2018. 

The purpose of the new government reforms is to achieve consistency and reduce business costs. Further, having rolling renewals instead of an anniversary date is intended to spread the administrative workload of registration renewals throughout the year, and to be fairer for newly registered architects who get a full year’s registration from their first fee.

Renewals

Renewal fees for 2020 are:

Practising Architect

Renewal for one year     $285
(unchanged from 2019)

Renewal for three years $945*

Renewal for five years   $1,740*

* Note there is no saving for 3 and 5-year terms

Non-practising Architect

Renewal for one year     $50
(unchanged from 2019)

Late renewal of registration

If an architect’s application for renewal of registration is received after the due date but within three months of expiration, the architect can pay, in addition to the annual renewal fee, a $150 restoration fee and the registration will be backdated to allow for continuity of registration. If the application for renewal of registration is received more than three months after expiration, a $250 restoration fee will apply in addition to the annual renewal fee.

For a detailed checklist for renewing your registration, click below

 Checklist for renewing your registration

 1. Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

For practicing architects, ensure you have met your CPD obligations for the last 12-month period. 

In response to COVID-19, the Board has implemented a one-off reduction in CPD requirements for all architects, equivalent to a pro-rata exemption for the 3-months of COVID-19 disruption in this reporting period.  For the 2019-2020 reporting period, Architects should undertake a minimum of 15 hours of CPD (instead of 20 hours), of which at least 10 hours must be Formal CPD activity.  Note that the CPD requirement does not apply to architects in the Non-practising category.

When you renew your registration, you will need to

  • Be ready to upload your CPD Activity Record; or
  • Download the ARB Open App to save you time; or
  • Login to your account to enter your CPD directly.

If you have been adversely affected by exceptional circumstances or have recently registered, you may be eligible to request a pro-rata exemption, refer to the CPD Information Sheet here.

Under Section 24(2)(g) of the Architects Act 2003, the Board may remove an architect’s name from the NSW Register of Architects if the architect fails to comply with requirements relating to CPD.

 2. Professional Indemnity (PI) Insurance

For practising architects, ensure you are continuing to maintain a level of PI Insurance that is appropriate to the architectural services you are providing. Note that the PI Insurance requirement does not apply to architects in the Non-practising category.

When you renew your registration, you will need to

  • Make a declaration relating to PI Insurance; and
  • Upload a copy of the PI Insurance Certificate of Currency.

If you believe you may be eligible to request an exemption, you should submit an undertaking and a letter confirming your circumstances in relation to your request for an exemption.  Refer to the PI Insurance Information Sheet here.

Under Section 24(2)(h) of the Architects Act 2003, The Board may remove an architect’s name from the NSW Register of Architects if the architect fails to comply with requirements relating to PI Insurance.

 3. Confirm your personal details are up to date

All architects, nominated architects and architect corporations and firms are required to ensure that their personal particulars are kept up to date and are correct on the NSW Register of Architects and List of Architect Corporations and Firms.

Login to your account to confirm your details.

Under section 29(1) of the Architects Act 2003, an architect has only 14 days to advise the Board of any change in particulars.  Under section 29(2), an architect corporation or firm has only 7 days to advise the Board if their nominated architect ceases to be responsible for the provision of architectural services or there are any other changes in the business particulars. 

 4. Declarations required at renewal of registration

All architects are required at renewal of registration to declare the following:

  • if they are bankrupt, have applied to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors, have compounded with their creditors or made an assignment of their remuneration for their benefit; and
  • if they have been convicted of an offence under Part 2 of the Architects Act 2003;
  • if they have been convicted of any other offence, either in or outside the State, that might render them unfit in the public interest to practise architecture; and
  • if their registration, licence, accreditation or certification under an architects registration law has been cancelled or suspended because of conduct that would (if it occurred in NSW and the person were an architect under this Act) authorise cancellation or suspension of the person’s registration under this Act; and
  • any architect corporations or firms for which they are currently a Nominated Architect.

If any of the above declarations (i)-(iv) are true, the Board may refuse to renew an architect’s registration, subject to the submission of further particulars.

 5. Planning for retirement or time out from the profession

If you are planning to retire or to take substantial time out from the profession and will not be practicing in the foreseeable future, consider transferring to the non-practising category.

Note that if you were in the practising category for the 2019-2020 period, you are still required to submit your CPD record for the 2019-2020 year (as CPD reporting is retrospective).

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