Research matters. Reliable data, rigorously analysed, is fundamental to advocacy and future planning. The ACA conducts regular surveys to build longitudinal data and partners with other organisations and academic researchers on larger research projects.
National Salary Survey
The ACA National Salary Survey provides important data on architectural salaries across Australia.
2001–2021 Parlour Census Report Analysis
The latest Parlour Census Report: Gender & Diversity in Australian Architecture is a massive undertaking. It tracks 20 years of progress – some fast, some slow. The ACA is proud to support this important research. Download the full or summary reports, or read the condensed key findings here.
2023 Salary Survey findings
The 2023 ACA National Salary Survey Report is out now, with detailed analysis by Lindy Osborne Burton and Sarah Bartle. See a summary of the findings below and download the full report in the member-only section.
ACA Salary Survey Analysis 2023
The ACA National Salary Survey provides essential information on remuneration and salaries in 31 different roles for the architectural profession. What are current pay rates in the industry in 2023? What are the trends and how have salaries changed? In this CPD webinar, QUT’s Lindy Osborne Burton unpacks the key findings of the 2023 report.
Wellbeing of Architects project – new insights
The Wellbeing of Architects project has released its major report on a series of focus groups conducted between May and June 2022 with nearly 70 people working in the architecture profession in Australia. The focus groups identified a wide range of complex issues and discussed solutions and ways forward.
Graduate Employability Survey Results
Griffith University researcher Sebastian Smith unpacks the results of the recent Graduate Employability Survey, outlining interesting perspectives on Work-Integrated Learning and Student/Graduate Employability.
Wellbeing of Architects follow-up survey 2023
Improving mental wellbeing in practice is fundamental to the future of the profession. The ACA is proud to once again support the Wellbeing of Architects research project and encourages all to participate in this important follow-up survey on work-related wellbeing. So, take part, share your experiences, and assist with this important research.
ACA National Salary Survey 2023
The ACA National Salary Survey for 2023 is open for another year! Check your inboxes and please participate in this important industry research, an invaluable way to contribute to the health of the profession. The survey closes on 7 April 2023.
National Salary Survey FAQs
The ACA National Salary Survey is back for 2023, providing important data on architectural salaries across Australia. For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions.
Pulse Check no. 6
The results of ACA Pulse Check no. 6 reveal the significant impacts that the last two years have had on architectural practice – flexibility is now both the norm and the future. The survey confirms the very tight employment market and reflects a profession that is, on the whole, very busy.
ACA Pulse Check 6 – Initial Findings
Justine Clark provides a summary of the recent ACA Pulse Check survey findings, with stats on flexibility, employment, wellbeing and challenges, including rising material costs, supply chain problems and the increased costs of running business not matched by increased income.
ACA Pulse Check no. 6
The ACA Pulse Check is back. The sixth survey in our longitudinal study will chart what has changed for architectural businesses, document the challenges and identify opportunities– all to support future planning and advocacy. Take the survey today!
2022 Salary Survey Findings
After a couple of years of pandemic disruption, the 2022 ACA National Salary Survey Report is out now, with detailed analysis by Lindy Osborne Burton and Soha Matour. See a summary of the findings and download the full report in the member-only section.
ACA Pulse Check 5 – findings
ACA’s first Pulse Check for the year – the fifth since the pandemic began – gives a fairly positive account of the rebound from COVID. Here we outline the key findings, including stats on levels of work and work pipeline, the impact of JobKeeper, changes to employment and workplace arrangements, mental wellbeing, and the future outlook.
ACA Pulse Check no. 5
Please take the ACA Pulse Check no. 5. We are now over a year into the pandemic. How is your practice going? What has changed? What has stayed the same? How is the future looking?
ACA Pulse Check 4 - Preliminary Findings
Announcing the preliminary results of Pulse Check no. 4
The ACA – Vic/Tas has released the results of the first VicPulse survey. Top level findings reveal worrying levels of work cancelled or on hold. On the other hand, the survey responses are quite positive in terms of wellbeing and many practices have been able to keep staff on due to the support of JobKeeper.
Pulse Check No. 3 - Preliminary Findings
The preliminary findings of the ACA Pulse Check No. 3 are out now. Concerns about workflow continue, but some projects have restarted and JobKeeper payments have enabled many practices to keep staff on. Mental wellbeing results are positive overall, with some toll on senior management. Practices are returning to the office and considering necessary changes.
ACA delighted to support Monash Mental Wellbeing Research project
The ACA is proud to support the new research project Architectural Work Cultures: professional identity, education and wellbeing, led by Professor Naomi Stead of Monash University.
ACA Pulse Check Advice on Mental Wellbeing
The ACA Pulse Check No 2 survey invited participants to answer questions about the mental wellbeing of their practice and people. Susie Ashworth unpacks the results and highlights the best tips and advice for looking after the mental wellbeing of all within practice.
Pulse Check No. 2 - Preliminary Results
The ACA has released the preliminary results of the ACA Pulse Check No. 2. Top line findings reveal serious concerns about workflow, financial impact and employment, but the survey also shows that architectural practices are adapting quickly to the changed working environments.
ACA Pulse Check no. 1 - Preliminary Findings
The ACA has released the preliminary results of the ACA Pulse Check no. 1. We are now analysing these further.
Architectural Education and the Profession
The ACA welcomes the release of the Architectural Education and the Profession in Australia and New Zealand, and looks forward to putting the knowledge to work and collaborating on future research.
To Survey or Not to Survey
Our recent questionnaire about the ACA's National Salary Survey uncovered some interesting findings and observations. ACA CEO Angelina Pillai unpacks the results.
2018 Salary Survey Findings
The findings of the 2018 National Salary Survey, with analysis by Dr Gill Matthewson, are now out. There is still a gender pay gap and some practices persist in paying under Award minimums!
What Does the 2017 Federal Budget Mean for Architects?
John Held reflects on the findings of the 2017 ACA Federal Budget Impact Survey.
2017 Salary Survey - Findings
The findings of the 2017 National Salary Survey, with analysis by Dr Gill Matthewson, are now out - salaries are up very slightly, but worrying trends continue for the third year. There is still a gender pay gap and some practices persist in paying under Award minimums!
2017 ACA Budget Impact Survey
What does the 2017 Federal Budget mean for architectural practices and the profession?
2016 Salary Survey Report and Analysis
The ACA has released the report on findings of the 2016 National Salary Survey - salaries are up very slightly, but worrying trends continue - there is still a gender pay gap and some practices persist in paying under Award minimums!
Architects in Australia
Insightful reports by Gill Matthewson chart the professional profile of architects and the industry’s growth and development in recent years through the 2001, 2006 and 2011 Censuses.
What Does the 2016 Federal Budget Mean For Architects?
The 2016 Budget Impact Survey indicates a fairly neutral overall response to the 2016 Federal Budget by architectural practices. The good news is that a over half of respondents are busier than last year, although not all are more profitable. John Held considers the findings.
2016 Budget Impact Survey - Findings
The results of this year's ACA Federal Budget Impact Survey.
SA State of the Profession - the research is in
We now know a great deal more about architectural practice in South Australia - three reports provide a comprehensive account of the state of the profession and the opportunities and challenges for the future.
ACA - SA State of the Profession Survey Report
The ACA - SA State of the Architectural Profession survey provides crucial research on the size, shape and characteristics of architectural practice in SA - the first study of its kind in Australia.
Architects in SA - A View from the APBSA data
A report on data from the APBSA provides and overview of the demographics of registered architects in South Australia.
Architects in SA - A view from the census
Architects in SA - A View from the Census is the first report on the Australian architectural profession to look at census data over time.
Findings - 2015 Federal Budget Impact Survey
The ACA’s 2015 Federal Budget Impact Survey sought to better understand what the budget means for architectural practices and the profession.
What does the 2015 Federal Budget mean for architecture?
The message from the 2015 Federal Budget Impact Survey is clear - some short-term gains for some, but few long terms benefits.
Findings of the 2014 Federal Budget Impact Survey
An overview of the results.
The Canary Sings - Architectural Practices Concerned About the 2014 Federal Budget
What does the federal budget mean for practices, the profession and society?
2014 Federal Budget
What does the 2014 Federal Budget mean for the business of architecture? We provide initial key points and a roundup of coverage so far.
Preliminary Observations from the Inaugural Salary Survey
The ACA ran its inaugural salary survey in mid-2013. What does it tell us about renumeration in the profession?