Licensing of Corporations
Companies incorporated in accordance with Australian Securities and Investment Commission requirements, and wishing to carry out architectural work using the term “Architect”, must be licensed by the Board.
Licensed corporations are required to ensure all architectural work is done under the direct control and supervision of at least one registered architect, and that at least one registered architect has ultimate responsibility for the architectural work of the corporation.
Licensed corporations must at all times ensure that their responsible architect(s) are:
- a director or employee of the corporation; and
- currently registered with the Board.
If you wish to apply for a licence on behalf of a corporation wanting to carry out architectural work using the term “Architect”, you can download an Application Form here.
Corporation licences must be renewed annually. Pursuant to the Architects Act 2004, the annual licensing period runs from 1 July to 30 June, with licence fees for that year due by 30 September. Annual Corporation Licence renewal fees are $445.65.
In July each year, every licensed corporation will receive an email from the Board with a link to complete, and pay for, their corporation licence renewal online.
Failure to pay licence renewal fees by 30 September will result in removal from the register.
If the corporation operates under a trading name that is different from its Pty Ltd name, a Trading Name Approval Form must also be completed. Click here to download a Trading Name Approval Form.
If your architectural corporation wishes to apply to restore its licence, click here to download the relevant Form.
Responsible Architect Requirements
In order for an architectural corporation to be granted a licence, all architectural work carried out by the corporation has to be done under the direct control and supervision of an architect, and an architect has to have ultimate responsibility for the architectural work done by the corporation. Architects that take on these responsibilities are referred to as “Responsible Architects”.
Whenever a licensed corporation seeks to carry on the practice of architecture under any name other than the name recorded in the register, the corporation must apply to the Board for approval of a trading name.
Please click here for the Board’s Trading Name Approval Form.
Update Your Details
Licensed corporations must inform the Board of any of the following circumstances:
- change of name;
- change of contact details;
- change of directors or officers;
- change to responsible architects;
- removal from the register of defunct corporations;
- change in insurance cover; or
- amendments to a corporation’s constitution.
To update your corporation’s details, download a Notification of Change of Recorded Details form here.