Find your occupation to see if it is included in the Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) scheme. If it is included, you will find information to help you notify the relevant regulator and begin work in NSW.
Occupations which are exempt or not included in the AMR scheme may be included at a future date.
Note for architects and class 2 buildings
NSW has a registration scheme for some design practitioners who perform certain tasks under the Design and Building Practitioner scheme (class 2 buildings) including providing designs and making declarations. If you are an architect coming from interstate, you will need to:
- register with the NSW Architects Registration Board in NSW and
- apply separately to be registered under the Design and Building Practitioners scheme
The Design and Building Practitioners scheme will be expanded to include class 3 and 9c buildings in mid-2023.
Activities under this occupation will not be included in the Automatic Mutual Recognition scheme in NSW.
Interstate licensees need to apply to the regulator, NSW Architects Registration Board, under the Mutual Recognition scheme for recognition of their existing licence in NSW and pay any applicable fees.
Activities under this occupation are included in the Automatic Mutual Recognition scheme in NSW.
See below the licensed activities included under this type of licence in NSW. This should be used as a guide to align the activities a person is licensed to do in their home state with the activities they wish to carry out in NSW.
An architect offers services in the design, planning or construction of buildings. These include:
- design of buildings
- planning of buildings
- construction of buildings
- expert witness services (relevant to architecture)
- any other services provided in connection with the design, planning or construction of buildings that are ordinarily provided by architects.
How to comply with NSW laws
- Architects Act (2003) – No 89
- Architects Regulation (2017)
- NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct
- Fact sheet – Professional Indemnity Insurance (PDF)
Note: Some architects may be exempt from insurance requirements – details are provided during the notification process.
Notify the regulator
Interstate architects are required to notify the regulator, the NSW Architects Registration Board, of their intention to work in NSW under AMR.
The link to notify the regulator will take you to the Service NSW website where you can complete your notification.
You can update your notification details or complete the outstanding actions on your notification. Outstanding actions are where you have been asked to clarify information provided in your notification.