This note is not part of the rules, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These rules, which come into force on the day after the date of their notification in the Gazette, amend the Registered Architects Rules 2006 (the principal rules).
make changes relating to charges for initial registration, assessment for continued registration, and certificates of registration:
abolish the charge for voluntary suspension of registration:
provide for an equivalency assessment to be made in relation to an application for registration where the academic or other relevant qualifications or work history and practical experience of an applicant are not of a kind recognised by the Board:
make changes to the procedure for assessing whether a registered architect continues to meet the minimum standard for continued registration.
Rule 4 amends rule 8 of the principal rules, which sets out requirements for application for initial registration. The revised schedule of charges (see rule 17) provides for the applicable charge for application for initial registration. These charges are unchanged, but are now set out as total amounts depending on whether an interactive assessment is required.
Rule 5 amends rule 9 of the principal rules, which relates to the information that must be provided to support an application for initial registration. If an applicant has previously been registered under the Registered Architects Act 2005 or the Architects Act 1963, the application must provide evidence of that previous registration.
Rule 6 amends rule 13 of the principal rules, which sets out the way an assessment panel must evaluate an application. The amendment provides that an equivalency assessment may be made where the academic or other relevant qualifications or work history and practical experience of an applicant are not of a kind recognised by the Board. The amendment also provides that this may include an interactive assessment. The principal rules currently provide for a qualification equivalency assessment only.
Rule 7 amends rule 15 of the principal rules, which relates to notification and implementation of decisions. The requirement for the Board to rebate a certain portion of an application fee if there was no interactive assessment is revoked.
Rule 8 amends rule 17 of the principal rules, which sets out how to apply for a certificate of registration. The rule is amended to reflect the fact that a lesser charge is payable for a certificate of registration that is current for 6 months or less (see rule 17).
Rule 9 revokes rule 19, which relates to the term for which certificates of registration are issued, and substitutes a new rule. The new rule provides that certificates may be issued for a year or part of a year.
Rule 10 amends rule 24 of the principal rules, which sets out the information that must be provided to demonstrate current competence. Rule 24 is amended to provide that a candidate for assessment for continued registration must provide the information required by that rule (to demonstrate current competence) only to the extent that the Board does not already hold it.
Rule 11 inserts new rule 24A, which provides that the new charges for assessment for continued registration are payable by the candidate. Those charges are set out in new Schedule 2 (see rule 17).
Rule 12 inserts new rule 25AAA. The new rule provides that if the Board is satisfied on the basis of the information described in rule 24 that the candidate meets the minimum standard for continued registration, the Board may make a decision on that basis. If so, rules 25 to 29, requiring an evaluation panel, do not apply. There is no charge prescribed for this assessment.
Rule 13 revokes rule 25 of the principal rules and substitutes a new rule. The new rule provides that rules 25 to 29 (about evaluation panels) do not apply if a candidate is assessed as meeting the standard for continued registration under new rule 25AAA.
Rule 14 amends rule 26 of the principal rules, which sets out the way in which an evaluation panel must evaluate continued registration. The amendment provides that the panel may carry out an interactive assessment if it considers it necessary.
Rule 15 amends rule 30 of the principal rules, which relates to notification and implementation of the Board's decision. This rule is amended to include procedures for notifying and implementing decisions under new rule 25AAA.
Rule 16 amends rule 41 of the principal rules, which sets out how to voluntarily suspend registration. The requirement to accompany the application with a charge for voluntary suspension is revoked.
Rule 17 revokes Schedule 2, which sets out charges, and substitutes a new schedule.