Architectural Practice Act

From 4 May 2020, SACAT will receive original jurisdiction under the Architectural Practice Act 2009 to receive and determine disciplinary complaints against architects and architectural businesses registered in South Australia.


Under the Act, SACAT is empowered to:

reprimand the person;

impose a fine not exceeding $10 000 on the person;

if the person is a registered architect— 

impose conditions on the person's registration restricting the person's right to provide services as an architect;

suspend the person's registration for a period not exceeding 1 year;

cancel the person's registration;

disqualify the person from being registered;

if the person is a body corporate, or a partner in a partnership, that is a registered architectural business— 

suspend the registration of the body corporate or partnership for a period not exceeding 1 year;

cancel the registration of the body corporate or partnership;

Applications of this kind will be handled by SACAT’s Administrative & Disciplinary Stream.

When applying to SACAT you must be in a position to:

Identify the legislative provision(s) you rely on.

State and describe the conduct said to justify the disciplinary findings, and identify the relevant legislative provisions relied upon.

Identify the facts, acts or omissions alleged to constitute the conduct that justifies the disciplinary finding.

Provide any supporting documents.

Pay any relevant application fees.

How to apply:

Click here to start an online application.  In the field entitled ‘Type keyword here’ contained within Step 2 type the word ‘architect’ as shown below and then scroll down to select the correct application type.

If you are not sure if you have selected the correct application type you can hover over the ‘question mark’ on the right-hand side to see a brief description of the application you have selected.

If you have any further questions or you would like a staff member from SACAT to assist you in completing the application please call SACAT on 1800 723 767 (and press menu option 4, then 7).


There is no fee to lodge a disciplinary complaint with the Tribunal under the Health Practitioners Regulation National Law (South Australia) Act 2010.

Relevant legislation:

Architectural Practice Act 2009