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Changes to the Architecture Award 2010

Important information: Changes to Architecture Award 2010

In case you missed it there is a new Architects Award now titled Architects Award 2020 which came into effect 4th of May 2020.

There have been a number of changes that you should be aware of, which are summarised below.
The link to the updated Architects Award 2020 may be found here: Architecture Awards 2020

1. Bachelor’s Degree with a pathway to a Master of Architecture [Clause 2 – Definition]

A new classification titled Bachelor’s Degree with a pathway to a Master of Architecture which replaces the transfer from a Student of Architecture to a Draftsperson giving continuity under the Architects Award 2020.

2. Student of Architecture [Clause 2 – Definition]

The words full time have been removed from the definition of Student of Architecture as students may now be enrolled part time so the words “full time” have been removed.

3. Change to the Competencies [Clause 13.3(d)]

This change is a modernised approach in line with the National Standard of Competency for Architects, outlining professional experience on the pathway to registration as an architect.

There are seven prescribed competencies in the Architects Award:

  • Design: Project Briefing
  • Design: Pre-Design
  • Design: Conceptual Design
  • Documentation: Detailed Design
  • Documentation: Documentation
  • Project Delivery: Procurement
  • Project Delivery: Construction Stage

4. Student of Architecture rates [Clause 13.5]

The Student of Architecture rates now apply up to their third year of experience. The previous Student of Architecture rates applied right up to their sixth year of experience and included the study of the Master of Architecture.

5. New pay scale [Clause 13.5(c)]

This change is the inclusion of a pay scale for the new classification of the Bachelor’s Degree with a pathway to a Master of Architecture and replaces the fourth, fifth and sixth year of experience in the student rates from the previous award.

These pay points are:

  • Percentage of Level 1—Entry rate
  • 1st year of experience – 85%|
  • 2nd year of experience – 90%
  • 3rd year of experience – 95%

6. Equipment and Special Clothing

This clause has been modernised in regards changes in technology and provide a safety net for employees who require relevant technical equipment or special clothing.

7. A special addendum in respect to Covid-19

Changes specifically to Students of Architecture are outlined below.

13.5 Students of Architecture

(a) Students of Architecture under 21 years of age will be paid the following percentage of the entry rate Graduate of Architecture rate of payment:

% of Level 1—Entry rate

  • First 13 weeks of employment – 35%
  • Next 13 weeks of employment – 50%
  • Next 26 weeks of employment – 65%
  • 2nd year of experience – 70%
  • 3rd year of experience – 75%

(b) Students of Architecture 21 years of age and over will be paid the following minimum rate or percentage of the first year Graduate of Architecture rate of payment:

  • Minimum rate or % of Level 1—Entry rate
  • Less than 3 years of experience – $740.80 per week
  • 3rd year of experience – 75%

(c) Employees holding a Bachelor’s Degree with a pathway to a Master of Architecture will be paid the following minimum rate or percentage of the first year Graduate of Architecture rate of payment:

  • Percentage of Level 1—Entry rate
  • 1st year of experience – 85%
  • 2nd year of experience – 90%
  • 3rd year of experience – 95%

(d) Definition of Service—refers to the total number of weeks of employment and years of experience under the supervision of a Registered Architect, whether undertaken for a single employer or many employers.

(e) Calculation of Service—for the purpose of the calculation of service, week of employment and a year of experience are defined as follows:

  • Week of employment in the case of an employee who is a full-time student means a 38 hour working week at 7.6 hours per day or the equivalent thereof. A week of employment in the case of an employee who is a part-time student means a minimum of a 30 hour week or the equivalent thereof.
  • A year of experience means a minimum of 30 hours per week or the equivalent thereof over a 12 month period.
  • An employee’s absence on annual leave, personal/carer’s leave, and public holidays must be included in the calculation of service.

(f) Statement of Service—upon the termination of service with a particular employer the Student of Architecture must be provided with a Statement of Service. The Statement of Service must contain the dates of the commencement and termination of employment and the total number of weeks/months/years of employment.

(g) Employment will be under the supervision of a Registered Architect.

(h) A formal record of employment signed by each employer as applicable must be maintained by the student.

We trust this assists, of course should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

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