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 2021 (from 1 June) are: Practising Architect Renewal for one year $315 Renewal for three years $1,045* Renewal for five years $1,925* * Note there is no saving for 3 and 5-year terms Non-practising Architect Renewal for one year $50 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.