Consumer Protection

The Board of Architects of Queensland (BOAQ) is responsible for registering architects; conducting investigations into the conduct of architects and disciplining architects for unprofessional conduct; investigating and prosecuting matters relating to the misuse of the title ‘architect’ and related prescribed titles, names and words by persons who are not architects; and a range of other activities to protect the public and uphold the standards of architectural services in Queensland.

You can contact the BOAQ to:

  • Check whether the person you are thinking of engaging for your project is an ‘architect’ by using the free online search of the Queensland Register of Architects – Search Register ;
  • Notify the BOAQ of the possible misuse of the title 'architect' by persons whose names do not appear on the Register of Architects, or businesses offering architectural services which are not carried out by a BOAQ registered architect; and
  • Enquire about making a complaint  about a registered architect.

Search the Qld Register of Architects

The use of the title ‘architect' is protected by law. Only persons registered with the BOAQ may use the title ‘architect’ in Queensland. To check a person's registration status you can conduct a free search of the Qld Register of Architects - SEARCH REGISTER .

Report the Misuse of the Title ‘architect’

If you come across a person or business representing themselves as an architect when they are not, or who is otherwise misusing the title ‘architect’, you can notify the BOAQ of this using our Form 8: Notification of Potential Holding Out Offence. Please see Protection from Unregistered Persons for more information about what may constitute a “holding out” offence and actions the BOAQ can take.