NSW Regulation & Class 2 Buildings

31 August 2021

Join the ACA – NSW/ACT and Sydney East Architects (SEA) for a special presentation by Dr Kirsten Orr, Registrar, NSW Architects Registration Board, on the regulatory context of architecture in NSW with a focus on Class 2 Buildings. BOOK NOW!

This event will focus on the implications for the regulation of architects that arise at the intersection of a number of pieces of NSW legislation, particularly:

  • Sections 10, 11, 27, 29, 82 and 83 of the Architects Act 2003
  • Section 17 of the NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct
  • Sections 3 and 50 (1A) of the Environmental Planning Assessment Regulation 2000, and
  • Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 and Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2021.

Content covered will include:

  • Overview of your obligations as a registered architect under the Architects Act 2003
  • Overview of some of the biggest blind spots in the NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct 2017 – including provision of information to clients, client agreements, professional indemnity insurance, continuing professional development and dealings with the public
  • How the Board manages complaints against architects (under Part 4 of the Act)
  • How architects are regulated in NSW when it comes to Class 2 buildings
  • Nominated architects and the implications for work related Class 2 buildings

Our Speaker

Dr Kirsten Orr
Registrar, NSW Architects Registration Board

Kirsten is Registrar of the NSW Architects Registration Board. Previously, she was a Director of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (2016–2020); Professor of Architecture and Dean of the School of Technology, Environments & Design at the University of Tasmania (2016–18); and Associate Professor at the University of Technology Sydney (1999–2015).

Integrating her deep knowledge of professional issues with her significant academic background, Kirsten has made leadership contributions to all the major Australian government and professional bodies regulating the practice of architecture, education of architecture students and accreditation of Australian architecture programs.

In her present role as Registrar, she is a member of a number of expert advisory groups convened by the NSW Building Commissioner. In particular, she has been active in recent government consultation on the intersection between the existing Architects Act 2003 and the new Design and Building Practitioners (DBP) Act 2020 and DBP Regulation 2021.


6–8pm Wednesday, 8 September 2021


Select a “live access” ticket to join us for the live broadcast. If you’re not available to join live, please select a “recording access” ticket to receive the recording registration link and materials after the event.

Note: This event will be recorded in Zoom and made available to ticket holders for educational purposes. Your recorded image or name may be captured in this recording through showing your webcam or in discussions. By attending this live event you are agreeing to the ACA using recorded content for the stated educational purposes.


Members $25
Non-members $35
*One ticket per attendee.


To secure your place, BOOK HERE.


This session is equivalent to 1.5 hours of Formal CPD and will deliver learning outcomes related to the following Performance Criteria from the National Standard of Competency for Architects (the Standard):

  • 9.1 Knowledge and implementation of appropriate practice model to ensure efficient, effective and ethical professional service.
  • 9.4 Establishment of project team and practice structures required to deliver the professional services in a timely manner.
  • 9.6 Knowledge and application of professional ethics and ethical practices in respect to practice management and provision of professional services.
  • 9.7 Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements and obligations in regard to architectural practice, practice management and registration as an architect [in NSW].

Content will cut across the “Regulatory” Knowledge Domain in the Standard, with a particular focus on the Architects Act 2003 (NSW) and NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct 2017 that regulate architectural practice in NSW. It will explore intersections with the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 and Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2021; and State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 2002 and Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

The event will include time for Q&A with the speaker. CPD questions will be provided before the event. A link will also be provided to upload your own responses to CPD questions, to self-check answers and for issue of a certificate of completion. Please keep your receipt, completed questions and certificate for your records.


For more information, contact Marie Frost – nsw@aca.org.au