New agreement to fast-track mutual recognition for Australian and UK architects

New agreement to fast-track mutual recognition for Australian and UK architects

Applications open today.

Australian-registered architects, and those from the United Kingdom, can apply for fast-tracked cross-border recognition of their qualifications from today

The landmark Mutual Recognition Agreement from the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and the Architectural Registration Board United Kingdom (ARB UK) is open for applications from 25 May for architects who want to pursue international opportunities or move between the countries.

The mutual recognition agreement process is faster and requires less paperwork than other existing pathways, while maintaining rigorous standards.

AACA Chief Executive Officer Kathlyn Loseby said the new process would allow for increased collaboration and innovation in architecture between Australia and the UK.

“Our mutual recognition agreement is a significant step to strengthen the professional ties between our countries and create a global network of architects committed to delivering outstanding architectural solutions,” she said.

“For individual architects, it reduces the complexity and time previously required for recognition.”

The agreement was struck after six years of negotiations. It means registered architects from Australia and the UK can access streamlined procedures and receive immediate recognition upon a successful application, removing the need for additional tests or examinations.

A recent architectural graduate from Australia, for example, would be able to have their postgraduate degree recognised in the UK and work towards registration in the UK without the need for costly certifications.

UK-registered architects applying to Australia for registration will be provided with comprehensive notes so they can understand the 13 specific competencies for local requirements. Overseas-based UK registered architects do not need to be in Australia to undertake the mutual recognition processes.

Ms Loseby said the agreement also benefitted UK applicants, who can receive an Australian Skilled Migration Assessment for the occupation “architect.”

ARB UK Chief Executive Officer High Simpson said: “The agreement builds on the close links between our countries and has been made possible because of the constructive engagement between regulatory bodies and the confidence we have in the integrity of regulation and assurance of standards across Australia.

We’re delighted that as well as helping eligible architects to register, saving them time and money, the new and more proportionate process will also create opportunities for tomorrow’s architects to study internationally.””

In comparison, there are two alternative paths for architects seeking registration in Australia, however, these involve additional time, and cost, and are labour-intensive processes


For more information about the Mutual Recognition Agreement between Australia and the United Kingdom, please visit this page or the UKARB at

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