The Architects Board of Western Australia is a statutory authority that administers the Architects Act 2004, the legislation that regulates architects in Western Australia. The Board’s key role is to protect consumers of architectural services.
Although the Board reports to State Parliament through the Minister for Commerce, it is entirely self funded by architects.
The Board is composed of 10 members – four members are appointed by the Minister as consumer representatives, two members are appointed by the Minister on the nomination of professional architectural bodies, and four members are elected by architects.
The Board manages the registration process for architects and issues licences to corporations. As part of the registration process, the Board accredits architectural courses from Western Australian universities and conducts the Architectural Practice Examination.
The Board also monitors the correct use of the word “architect” (and associated words) and investigates any contraventions of the Architects Act 2004. The Board has a role in disciplining architects if they have acted unprofessionally or breached the Act. It also has a public awareness role that complements its consumer protection functions.
The Board meets once a month, excluding December. In addition to monthly Board meetings, members also participate on sub-committees as required. Board members are paid sitting fees as determined by the Department of Premier and Cabinet.