NTU Learning Hub 'The Arc' | Richard Kirk Architects with DCA Architects Pte Ltd | Photographer: Patrick Bingham-Hall

Practice Resources

The tools to help you and your practice succeed

The practice of architecture is both challenging and rewarding, requiring a wide range of technical knowledge; an ability to work within regulatory frameworks; a sound knowledge of legal and contractual issues and the management skills required to guide a project from inception to its final built form. Whether you are a student, graduate, practicing architect or allied professional the Institute has resources to support you in achieving best possible practice.

Architecture Practice Resources

The 2018 Nicholas Murcutt Award | Krakani Lumi | Taylor and Hinds Architects with the Aboriginal Land Council | Photographer: Adam Gibson

An online resource of architectural practice material, providing an extensive database of advisory notes on managing an architectural practice and projects.

Available to all members (except Member Level 2, Aff Level 2).  Available to purchase if not eligible for membership. Wholesale subscriptions available for tertiary institutions.

Highgate Primary School New Teaching Building | iredale pedersen hook architects | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

Online access to Australian Standards, joint Australia/New Zealand Standards and the National Construction Code for A+ members.

Monaro Mall Canberra Centre | Universal Design Studio and Mather Architecture | Photographer: Tom Ross

A financial benchmarking service allowing you to compare the performance of your practice with the profession.

A members only benefit.  – Complimentary for A+ practices / non A+ members can access for a discounted rate.


Adelaide Convention Centre Redevelopment East | Woods Bagot | Photographer: Trevor Mein

A dedicated HR and IR service that is tailored to the architectural profession for A+ members and graduates.

Orange Avenue house | Vittino Ashe | Photographer: Rob Frith

Access specialist building industry contracts and consultancy agreements including the full suite of ABIC contracts and the Client Architect Agreement.

Member discounts apply.  Eligible members can access reference copies of all contracts and agreements, along with digital versions of the Client Architect Agreement (2019) via Acumen Practice Notes.

Nightingale 1 | Breathe Architecture | Eve Wilson

Planned Cover is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Institute providing a comprehensive suite of insurance policies for the architectural profession. The team  specialise in quality insurance advice, products and risk mitigation strategies for all businesses from sole practitioners through to large international practices. Not an included member benefit. 

Australian Standards and National Construction Code online

King Bill | Austin Maynard Architects | Photographer: Derek Swalwell

Online access to standards & NCC

Online access to Australian Standards, joint Australia/New Zealand Standards (including AS/NZ adoptions of ISO and IEC Standards) and the National Construction Code, for A+ members.

The new i2i Platform, sponsored by National Corporate Partner Bondor, enables users to view documents online, download PDF and print (conditions apply). With greatly expanded functionality i2i Platform is a centralised document management system that allows customisation through bookmarking pages, tagging documents, adding notes, checking cross references via shared links and tracking updates via alerts.

With i2i Platform, A+ members ensure they are always accessing content that is consistent and current.

A+ members can login with their individual member number and password.


Financial Benchmarking for your practice

We offer members access to a financial benchmarking service to compare the performance of their practice with the profession.

Delivered by expert external consultants,, the survey and subsequent reports provide valuable insights into the drivers of your business, together with tailored advice on how to improve performance.

What your tailored benchmarking report will include:

  • The latest ABS industry statistics – updated sector overview, forecasts, employment data & demographics
  • Business benchmark comparisons for your practice – income, overheads, labour costs and charge out rates, and net profit
  • Key Performance Indicators – personnel productivity and profit, margins, major overheads as a percentage of profit
  • Industry Trends – practice sizes, identification of sectors expected to provide opportunities for growth
  • ATO benchmarks for the architectural services industry – where your firm sits
  • Action List – strategies to increase income, control overheads and practice liquidity, review staff structure and achieve practice growth.
The 2019 (FY 2018-2019) benchmarking project is now open. Log in or register now to complete your FY2018-2019 data by 31 Jan 2020. Full analysis and benchmarks are due for release to participants in Feb 2020.
To obtain your participant code email

Already Registered?

If you have already registered for the FY2018-2019 benchmarking project and want to access the survey, enter data or view your results, login below.  If you require assistance with your login details please contact

The 2018 Robin Boyd Award | House on the Coast | Sean Godsell Architects | Photographer: Earl Carter


Highgate Primary School New Teaching Building | iredale pedersen hook architects | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

Dedicated HR and IR support FOR A+

HR+ is a dedicated HR and IR service that is tailored to the architectural profession. HR+ has been designed to assist A+ members with improving their staff management by providing access to the expert HR team at Wentworth Advantage. This service is now also available to Graduate members so whether you are an employer or employee HR+ has the resources to help you.

Covering human resources (HR) and industrial relations (IR), the service provides expert advice in employment conditions and law, occupational health and safety, workers’ compensation and superannuation.

The service has been designed to help A+ members gain a competitive edge, allowing them to facilitate teamwork, improve the productivity of staff and reduce the risk associated with understanding employment-related legislation.

HR+ includes the full range of HR support materials, including:

  • Recruitment strategy
  • Retention strategy
  • Job descriptions
  • Performance appraisals
  • Remuneration, recognition and reward
  • HR policies and procedures
  • Work Health and Safety manuals.

Contact us

Have further questions about our practice resources? Contact our membership team.

Phone: 1800 770 617