Registration as an Architect - Victoria


You will require this registration if you intend to operate and represent yourself as an architect. Architects provide architectural services regarding the design and/or construction of buildings or parts of buildings. A person represents themselves as an architect if they:

  • use the title 'architect' or any other title that would lead a person to believe they were a registered architect
  • provide the services of an architect
  • make a publication that implies they are a registered architect.

There are two classes of registration:

  • practising
  • non-practising.

You can only apply for the practising class and may change class if your circumstances change. Non-practising architects are not authorised to practice architecture or offer architectural services in any capacity. Non-practising architects are people who are retired, academics, move interstate or overseas, take extended leave or are not currently practising architecture.

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 registration, you must satisfy one of the pathways to registration. The suitable pathway will vary depending on your individual circumstance. Each pathway has specific requirements, for more information please see 'Pathways for Registration' in resources.

Additionally, all applicants must:

  • be a fit and proper person, and give full disclosure on their criminal record
  • provide evidence of the required professional indemnity insurance
  • make an application to the Board on the approved form, with accompanying documentation and the required fees.

Architects registered in other States or Territories, New Zealand, USA, Japan, Singapore and Canada may be eligible for mutual recognition. For more information, please see 'Mutual Recognition' in resources.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

To comply with their ongoing registration requirements, all architects must:

  • engage in continuing professional development
  • pay the annual registration fees
  • notify the Board of any changes to their practising details such as change of address or contact details
  • remain a fit and proper person
  • maintain professional conduct requirements
  • have the required professional indemnity insurance (if registered in the practising class).


The registration period is per financial year. Each registration will be from the time registration is granted until 30 June of the same financial year.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $135.27 Application fee for first registration as a practising architect. Fee for 2021-22
Apply Application All $97.70 Application fee for a non-pratising architect for 2 or more years immediately before date of application. Fee for 2021-22
Apply Licence Sole Trader $300.60

Annual fee for registration as a practicing architect. Fees for 2021-22


Act(s) name

Architects Act 1991 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Architects Regulations 2015 Victoria

Lodgement process


To apply for this approval, go to the ARBV website portal to complete an application form. Before you begin the application you should ensure you have prepared the following supporting documents to be submitted with the application:

  • evidence of professional indemnity insurance - a copy of your certificate of currency
  • an assessment outcome letter (if your pathway to registration was through a competency-based assessment).

Approval time

Applications can take 4 - 6 weeks to be processed.

Administering agency

Architects Registration Board of Victoria

Contact details

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

Supporting information