Consumer Protection

For Consumers

The Board of Architects Queensland is responsible for registering architects, conducting enquiries into the conduct of architects, investigating misuse of the title Architect and promoting a better understanding of architectural matters in the community.

You can contact the Board to:

  • Check and make sure you are using a registered architect with our online search
  • Enquire about making a complaint about a registered architect
  • Notify possible misuse of the title 'architect' by persons or corporations and firms whose names do not appear on the Register of Architects.

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Register of Disciplinary Actions Against Architects

The Board is tasked by the Architects Act 2002 to ensure that architects provide services to the public in a professional and competent manner, and to provide mechanisms to discipline architects who are found to have acted unprofessionally or incompetently.

The Register of Disciplinary Actions is published in accordance with section 74A of the Architects Act 2002 which states that:
"Where the Board decides to caution or reprimand an architect under s73(2)(C) of the Act or to impose a condition on an architect's registration under s73(2)(d)  the Board may notify the decision and the reasons for the decision on the Board's website."

The Intent of public notification is two-fold;

  • To educate architects to continuously improve their standard of practice and:
  • To assist in the protection of the public.

Search the Register

The use of the title ‘architect' is protected by law. Only people registered with the Board of Architects Queensland may use the title in Queensland. To check a person's registration status please use the SEARCH REGISTER  on this website.

If you choose an architect, consumers know that person has attained the necessary architectural qualifications, completed specific practical experience and has passed examinations before registration. Architects are subject to the Board of Architects of Queensland  Code of Practice governing their service to clients.

Architects maintain professional indemnity insurance and each year must undertake professional education appropriate to the services they provide.

Registration ensures architects’ accountability for their conduct by making them subject to disciplinary action for unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct. Architects who breach the Act may incur penalties including reprimand, fines of over $100,000, and suspension or cancellation of registration.

Consumers may make complaints to the Board about the professional conduct of an architect. The Board must investigate any complaints made about an architect.