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AUSTRALIA
Number of inhabitants 20,092,000
Number of architects 11,605
Index of architects per inhabitant 0.577‰
 
 

Admittance to the profession

EDUCATION

Establishing of education standards or recognition of study plans Yes
Regular supervision by an independent body Yes
Relevant authorities Royal Australian Institute of Architects and the State Registration Board.
Recognised educational centers Schools of Architecture in Universities and Colleges.
Duration of studies 5 years of undergraduate studies.
 
INTERNSHIP
Compulsory Yes
Is it structured and recorded? No
Duration Min. 2 years.
 
EXAMINATION
Compulsory examination by an external authority to the education Yes
Examining body Architects Accreditation Council of Australia
 
TITLE GRANTED
Academic title BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE or DIPLOMA OF ARCHITECTURE Authority that grants the academic title University or College of Advanced Education
Job title ARCHITECT Authoriry that grants the job title State Registration Boards
Additional notes  
 
Professional practice
Regulated profession Yes
Inscription in register compulsory Yes
Registering entity STATE REGISTRATION BOARDS
Law regulating profession State Architects Acts.
Additional notes  
 
ARCHITECT'S COMPETENCES
Description Conceiving and design (coordination, managment and control) of an architectural project. An architect works as a team leader as well as an individual. In many building projects the role of the architect is to coordinate a team of specialist consultants such as landscape architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, interior designers, builders and sub-contractors.
 
MECHANISM CHECKING LICENSE TO PRACTISE
Description There is no mechanism for the licensing to practice. Anyone may practice architecture in Australia however it is an offence to use the title "Architect" if not registered by a statutory Board.
 
ARCHITECT'S LIABILITY
Description 7 years beyond the date a fault is discovered. As faults can be discovered any time during the life of building, the duration of architect's liability in Australia is virtually unlimited.
Source Various laws.
 
INSURANCE
Compulsory Yes
Description There are different types of recommended insurances: Contractor's All Risk Policy, Public Liability Insurance, Public Risk Insurance, Workers' Compensation and Employers' Liability insurance, Property Insurance. RAIA offers Insurance Brokers.
 
FEES
Does a fee scale exist? Yes
Compulsory No
Recommended Yes
Published by Royal Australian Institute of Architects
Additional notes  
 
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Compulsory No
Is it audited? No
Organising body/ies Royal Australian Institute of Architects
Description Professional Development Services operates under the direction of the National PD Committee consisting of representatives of Chapters and chaired by an apointee of National Council. The unit provides a program of PD for RAIA members in order to increase competence, teach new skills and provide intellectual and creative stimulations.
 
CODE OF ETHICS
Does it exist? Yes
Constituting body Royal Australian Institute of Architects
 
OTHER PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
Are there others who may legally provide similar services to architects? No
Title Competences
   
Other professionals in the provision of architectural services
Title Competences
QUANTITY SURVEYOR Construction economy, butgets, cost estimating and control services.
 
ADDITIONAL NOTES
There is limitation on who may practise only on the title "Architect"
 
PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL BODIES
Name of body Competences
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS Professional development, practice services, education, public affairs, research, communications, environment, code of professional conduct.
ASSOCIATION OF CONSULTING ARCHITECTS Industrial body representing employers of architects
 
 
Foreign architects
Can a foreign architect practice independently? Yes
 
LAW/S REGULATING PRACTICE
 
 
REQUIREMENTS
Origin 1 RAE (Review of Academic Equivalence), being a permanent resident in Australia, having a visa granting permission to work in Australia or have been requested to obtain an AACA (Architects Accreditation Council of Australia) assessment by an australian university.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  
 
PROCEDURE
Assessment of architectural qualification through a Review of Academic Equivalence (RAE) at the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA).
 
EXPENSES
A fee of A$ 500 is payable for a Review of Academic Equivalence (as of Sept. 1998).
 
DOCUMENTATION
Origin 1 Certified copies (and translation where not in English) of: original degree or diploma, official transcripts of educational courses completed, evidence of employment experience after graduation, references relating to professional work experience from employers, evidence of registration / licensure if any, evidence of residence status in Australia, evidence of professional assessment.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  

If foreign architects are authorised to work independently, what type of collaboration with national architects is recommended?  
In the event that foreign architects are not authorised to work independently, what is the stipulated formula of collaboration with national architects?  

ADDITIONAL NOTES
 

Useful addresses
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
2a Mugga Way
ACT 2603  Red Hill
Tel: 61-6-273 1548
Fax: 61-6-273 1953
e-mail: national@raia.com.au
URL: www.architecture.com.au
 

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