The Association of Consulting Architects (ACA) leads the discussion on business matters in architecture in Australia. The association is a registered employer body under the Fair Work Commission, representing architectural employers.
The ACA was founded in 1987 as the national peak body representing the interests of employers in industrial matters, including workplace conditions and Award negotiations. This remains the basis of ACA’s charter, with oversight by the IR Subcommittee. In addition, the association has a responsibility to positively influence practice management in architecture and to engage in the wider industry. As a result, the ACA now addresses the “business of architecture” more broadly, with industrial relations remaining as a vital core of ACA activity.
The ACA helps architectural firms navigate the changing world of practice by providing regular advice and information on business and employment matters, by promoting awareness of and discussion about business issues, and by advocating for better business practices and legislative frameworks.
Through this leadership, support and advocacy, the ACA helps to ensure the long-term health and viability of the profession, and thereby supports the important contribution that architecture makes to our cities, environments, communities and cultures.
The ACA has branches covering all branches and territories in Australia. Activities, initiatives and advocacy are framed by the Strategic Plan and national co-operation is facilitated by the National Executive Committee.
ACA members cover the spectrum of practice sizes – from sole practitioners to large practices – and include a range of business types, from individuals to partnerships and companies.