Victorian Policy & Advocacy Update

The latest Victorian advocacy and policy update.

VICTORIAN STATE BUDGET AND CUT TO OVGA’S CORE FUNDING

We advise members that further to our meeting with representatives from the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet on 20 May that a letter is being sent as a follow-up to this meeting.  

Architects registration board of victoria – reminder registration renewal 2022 

ARBV have asked the Institute to remind Victorian Chapter members that registration renewal is due by 1 July 2022. To pay your fees, log into your registration profile via the ARBV Portal 

It is a requirement in Victoria, that every architect, approved partnership and approved company pay the relevant prescribed annual fees to the ARBV by 1 July of each year. If you do not pay, the ARBV may suspend your registration or approval.  

For information on managing your registration or portal guides click here.

2022 Victorian State Government Elections 

The Institute’s Policy and Advocacy team has commenced the draft of its 2022 State Election priorities paper. This paper will be sent to relevant ministers and opposition portfolio holders. It will build on our State Budget Priorities paper which can be found here. 

Members are welcome to email their ideas to vic@architecture.com.au by 30 June. Please put “2022 Vic State Government Elections Priorities” in the subject line. 

Climate Change

The Institute’s National Climate Change Policy Officer is asking all Chapters to write and meet with relevant Ministers on the adoption of the NaTHERS 7-star energy performance standard for residential buildings as part of NCC 2022. This is ahead of the Building Ministers Meeting in July, when it is expected that the States and Territories’ Ministers will be asked to endorse the final draft NCC 2022 for publication in September.  

Victoria is already committed to a 7-star NaTHERS energy requirement but clearer policies need to be evident. The Planning Institute of Australia (Vic) recently convened a workshop on climate change to formulate a common position to be adopted by peer organisations including the Institute, AILA, the Property Council as well as Municipal Association Victoria, and the Victorian Farmers Federation. We were able to successfully propose to the meeting that the position needs to include, as a high-level ask, a road map to 2030 zero-carbon building.