The Architects Board of WA is committed to responsible and fair handling of personal information.
The Board receives personal information in the performance of its statutory functions. Whenever personal information is obtained, the Board aims to ensure that the person concerned knows:
- why the information is being collected; and
- in what circumstances information about that person may be disclosed by the Board to others.
Sections 43 and 44 of the Architects Act 2004 describe the type of information to be entered into the Register and how that information can be inspected and published. Where an enquiry is received about the registration of an architect, or licence status of an architectural corporation, only the information specified in the Act is provided. In some circumstances, architects and architectural corporations have given permission to the Board to provide additional contact information to the public. Other Registration Boards may also seek confirmation of registration information.
A member of the public who lodges a formal complaint with the Board will be requested to provide some personal information for the purposes of investigating the complaint. Any correspondence sent to the Board in relation to a complaint will be treated as a public record and will be retained, as required by the State Records Act 2000 and other relevant legislation. A person’s contact details will not be added to a mailing list nor disclosed to other persons without the person’s written consent or unless required by law.
The Board makes every effort to ensure that personal information collected, used or disclosed is accurate, complete and up-to-date. If the Board is satisfied that personal information in its possession is not accurate, complete and up-to-date the Board will amend its records appropriately.
The Board has secure office premises and secure information technology arrangements to protect the personal information held.
The Board takes all reasonable steps to ensure that personal information held by the Board is protected from unauthorised access, improper use, alteration, unlawful or accidental destruction and accidental use.