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Architects Regulation 2004

Schedule 1 NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct

(Clauses 3 (1) and 7)

Introductory note

The following Code of Professional Conduct provides architects and their clients with a statement of the standards required of architects when engaged to provide architectural services. It reflects the principle that the public interest is advanced if all architects recognize that the fundamental and overriding obligation of a profession is to serve and promote the public interest. While an architect has a duty to the client, the Code also recognises that there is a parallel duty to the public.

The Code is intended to inform and guide architects as to what is expected of them in their professional conduct and in the provision of architectural services to clients. It will also enable clients:


to understand the standards expected of an architect and the level of accountability expected of them in the provision of architectural services, and

  • (b)

    to understand the obligations imposed on them as clients, and

  • (c)

    to develop reasonable expectations of the services to be provided.

The Code is divided into 8 Parts.

Part 1 defines the meanings of terms commonly used in the Code and sets out the objectives of the Code.

Parts 2–8 detail the standards of behaviour expected of architects in their professional practice. Architects should use their best endeavours to meet those standards by applying their professional judgment. The standards relate to general ethical standards, dealings with clients, insurance coverage, continuing professional education, alternative dispute resolution, dealings with the public and professional relationships with other architects

A failure to comply with the Code will constitute unsatisfactory professional conduct for the purposes of the Architects Act 2003 and may be grounds for disciplinary action under Part 4 of that Act.

Architects Regulation 2004 Schedule1

NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct

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