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Productivity Commission Report: Review of Legislation Regulating the Architectural
The Government is today releasing the report of the Productivity Commission inquiry
into legislation regulating the architectural profession.
The inquiry served as a national review of participating States and Territories
legislation, as part of their commitments made under the Competition Principles Agreement
signed by all Australian Governments in 1995. The Commonwealth has no legislation
The guiding principle for competition policy reviews is that legislation should not
restrict competition unless it can be demonstrated that the benefits to the community
outweigh the costs and that the objectives can only be achieved by restricting
The Commissions preferred option was to repeal Architects Acts and statutory
certification of architects. The Commission found these to add very little to other
measures for addressing concerns about the quality of the built environment and the
various health and safety issues related to buildings. The Commission expected that this
option would lead to current architects establishing a credible system of certification
and marketing the advantages of their qualifications.
Alternatively, the Commission found that existing Architects Acts could be improved by
establishing a national system of registration although the Commission considered
that this objective could be more readily achieved under self regulation than harmonised
State/Territory legislation. The Commission found no case for extending current
All States and Territories have agreed to participate in the development of a national
response to the review, and a Working Group will be set up for this purpose. The Working
Group will contain a representative from each State and Territory and will present its
proposed response to heads of Government for consideration.
As the Commonwealth does not have any legislation regulating architects, responsibility
for responding to the Commissions legislative review is entirely a matter for the
States and Territories.
16 November 2000