Registration as an Architect - Australian Capital Territory


You will require this registration if you intend to provide architectural services in connection with the design, planning or construction of buildings. You will not require this registration if you are a landscape architect. If you intend to operate a company or partnership providing architectural services then you will be required to nominate a registered architect to the Agency, which may be yourself, to ensure compliance with all requirements related to providing and advertising architectural services.

As a registered architect you may use the terms registered architect, architect and architectural services to advertise your business. Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration you must:

  • hold a degree or diploma in architecture; recognised by the Agency
  • produce sufficient evidence that you possess the required knowledge, skill and experience for the competent practice of architecture
  • have passed the Architectural Practice Exam, or similar exam approved by the Agency
  • provide one personal reference, not signed by a relative, indicating good character
  • provide one professional reference, preferably from an architect
  • provide all information of your relevant qualifications and experience as required by the Agency
  • provide one passport sized photograph
  • pay any required fees.

If you hold a current equivalent registration in New Zealand or an Australian State or Territory, you may be eligible to apply for this registration under mutual recognition arrangements.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.




Registration expires on 1 March each year.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Renew Licence All $247.00


Act(s) name

Architects Act 2004 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Architects Regulation 2004 Australian Capital Territory

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Access Canberra

Land, Planning and Building

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Construction and Workplace Licensing

Land, Planning and Building

Access Canberra

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Mailing address: GPO BOX 158
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6207 8096
Website: Land, Planning, Building and Housing (Opens in new window)