Architects Registration from 1 November 2023

The Architects Amendment Act 2020 , the amendments from the Occupational Licensing (Automatic Mutual Recognition Consequential Amendments) Bill 2022 and the new Architects Regulations 2023 commence on 1 November 2023.  A consolidated version of the Architects Act 1929.

These amendments are the first amendments to the Architects Act since 1984 and the most significant changes since the Architects Act 1929 was originally enacted.

The main changes contained in the Amendment Act and new Regulations include the strengthening the Board’s complaints and disciplinary procedures, the introduction of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) requirements, adoption of a Code of Practice by the Board and allowing the Board to create Classes for registration with different requirements including the registration of architectural firms. All firms using the term architect, architectural or similar or offering architectural services need to be registered. This includes sole traders, partnerships, companies and trusts.

The initial Classes are:

Practising Architect 

Non-practising Architect     

  • can apply to the Board for an exemption from PII requirements                 
  • comply with the Code of Practice
  • comply with the Board’s CPD requirements
  • (retired architects can apply for an exemption)

Practising Architect (AMR)

Architectural Firm                      

  • required to have at least one Tasmanian registered architect in the Class Practising Architect or Practising Architect (AMR) be nominated as a responsible architect
  • required to be hold sufficient Professional Indemnity Insurance*,

Registration of Architectural Firms

To increase consumer protection and awareness of who are the responsible architects within a firm, the changes to the legislation introduces the requirement for all firms offering architectural services and using the term architect, architectural or a derivative of those terms to be registered.   As AMR legislation only applies to individuals and not firms, all firms offering architectural services in Tasmania need to apply for registration.

An architect or architects registered in Tasmania in the Class of Practising Architect or Practising Architect (AMR) may apply on behalf of an architectural firm for the firm to be registered in the Class Architectural Firm.  The application is to provide details of the firms professional indemnity insurance and a list of architect employees/partners/directors/beneficiaries covered by the insurance to overcome the need for each architect to provide details.  

*Professional Indemnity Insurance – Clause 18 of the Code of Practice

18 Architects to be registered need a sufficient level of professional indemnity insurance

Under Section 16 of the Architects Act, the Board is not to register a person as an architect, or renew the registration of an architect, unless the Board is satisfied that the person has a sufficient level of professional indemnity insurance.

An architect must have insurance cover to meet all obligations and, in all circumstances, they are required to have a minimum of $ 1 million cover. 

When you decide to cease practice in Australia, you must take out appropriate run-off cover for matters that would otherwise be uncovered arising from previous practice as a registered architect.

At the time of registration, an architect will need to provide a declaration that:

“In signing this declaration, I acknowledge that a failure to have and maintain a sufficient level of professional indemnity insurance coverage may result in disciplinary action.  Not being covered by professional indemnity insurance will result in immediate suspension of registration.” 

A person who is required to have professional indemnity insurance must notify the Board of any significant change in his or her professional indemnity insurance within 7 days of that change occurring, for example, on the change of employment.

Without limiting the circumstances in which the Board may be satisfied that a person has a sufficient level of professional indemnity insurance, a person is taken, for the purposes of this Act, to have a sufficient level of professional indemnity insurance if –

(a) he or she is employed or engaged by an architectural firm or authority to carry out architectural work; and

(b) an insurance policy held by that architectural firm or authority covers that work,

however, it is still the responsibility of the architect to ensure they are covered by a sufficient level of insurance and ensure evidence of the cover is provided to the Board. 

At the time of a professional indemnity insurance audit, architects and architectural firms will be required to provide a list of projects including value of the projects and a certificate of currency.

Registration and other Forms

Practising Architect Application Form

Please note, the annual registration fee is for a calendar year or part thereof

Non-practising Architect – Application Form

Practising Architect (AMR) – Application Form

Architectural Firm –

Exemption from Professional Indemnity Insurance Requirements – Application Form

Exemption or reduction in CPD requirements – Application Form

Registration and other Fees

The new Regulations includes fees at the same level as previous, however with the Board taking on additional responsibilities including strengthened complaints and disciplinary processes, ensuring all architects and firms have a sufficient level of professional indemnity insurance, and comply with the Code of Practice including continuing professional development requirements, the fees will be reviewed to ensure the Board is financially viable in the long term.

To ensure the Board remains financially viable in the short term, the Tasmanian Government has provided a Grant to the Board while it undertakes a review of all fees relating to Occupational Licensing.

Duplication of Registration and Licensing with CBOS

With the amendments to the Act becoming operational, all the requirements for licensing with CBOS will be covered by the Architects Act.  The Board is in discussion with the Department of Justice regarding making the necessary changes for the Board to become the primary body to regulate architects in Tasmania and to overcome the need for architects to be regulated by two bodies.