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Name of Code

This Code is the NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct.



(1) In this Code:

architect has the same meaning as in the Act.

Note. Section 4 (1) of the Act defines architect to mean a person who is registered as an architect under the Act.

architectural service has the same meaning as in the Act.

Note. Section 4 (1) of the Act defines architectural service to mean a service provided in connection with the design, planning or construction of buildings that is ordinarily provided by architects.

Board means the NSW Architects Registration Board constituted under the Act.

client means a person who engages an architect (whether or not for payment) to provide an architectural service.

document means any record of information, and includes:

  • (a)

    anything on which there is writing, or

  • (b)

    anything on which there are marks, figures, symbols or perforations having a meaning for

persons qualified to interpret them, or


anything from which sounds, images or writings can be reproduced with or without the aid of anything else, or


a map, plan, drawing or photograph.

financial year means a year commencing on 1 July and ending on 30 June.

home design service means any architectural service provided to a client by an architect in respect of any existing or proposed building (or any part of any existing or proposed building) that is, or is intended to be, used as a dwelling (within the meaning of the Home Building Act 1989), whether or not by the client.

Note. Section 3 (1) of the Home Building Act 1989 defines dwelling to mean a building or portion of a building that is designed, constructed or adapted for use as a dwelling (such as a detached or semi-detached house, transportable house, terrace or town house, duplex, villa-home, strata or company title home unit or residential flat). It includes any swimming pool or spa constructed for use in conjunction with a dwelling and such additional structures and improvements as are declared by the regulations under that Act to form part of a dwelling. However, it does not include buildings or portions of buildings declared by the regulations under that Act to be excluded from the definition.

model home design client agreement means any model client agreement relating to home design developed by the Board for use by architects.

non-practising architect means an architect who is recorded in the Register kept under the Act as being a non-practising architect.

the Act means the Architects Act 2003.

the Regulation means the Architects Regulation 2004.


If a provision of this Code provides that an architect should provide information or

disclose a matter to a client, the architect is to provide that

information or disclose that

matter in writing except where it is reasonable in the circumstances for it to be done orally.

Architects Regulation 2004 Schedule1

NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct


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