Make a Complaint
If you believe your architect is behaving in an unprofessional manner or has contravened the Architects Act 2004, then a complaint can be made to the Board.
For more information about lodging a complaint against an architect, click here to view an Information Sheet about the Board’s complaint procedure.
Disciplinary Action by the Board
The Board recently took disciplinary action (February, 2022) against an architect at the State Administrative Tribunal.
The matter related to complaints received by the Board from two former employees of a licensed corporation for which the architect was the sole director. Both employees alleged that superannuation entitlements owing to them had not been paid by the corporation.
After receiving the complaints, the Board appointed an investigator pursuant to the Architects Act 2004 (Act) to look into the matter. Using the investigator powers under the Act, the investigator posed questions to the architect and requested that he provide copies of several documents. The architect answered only five of the 25 questions posed by the investigator and provided some, but not all of the requested documents.
The Board contended that the architect’s failure to ensure that the corporation paid superannuation contributions and the false assurances made by the architect to the employees that payment would be made suggested a lack of professional integrity and a failure to have regard to the architect’s obligations as an employer. Further, the architect’s failure to respond to all of the questions posed by the investigator and to provide all of the requested documents constituted a failure to comply with a requirement under the Act to give the Board information.
By consent, the Tribunal ordered that the architect had engaged in unprofessional conduct as an architect insofar as he:
- failed to ensure that the licensed corporation, for which he was the sole director, paid all superannuation contributions for two former employees of the corporation: and
- failed to fully answer all questions, and provide all documents, as required by the investigator appointed by the Board under the Act.
The architect was reprimanded in respect of both instances of conduct and ordered to pay fines totalling $4,500. The fines have now been paid by the architect.