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Annual Report 1995/1996 Northern Territory Architects Board



Annual Report 1995/1996 Northern Territory Architects Board

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Tabled Paper 2968


Tabled Papers for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT




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Matters for consideration included the development of competency stand ards for registration as an architect within Australia, formulated to the requirements of the National Training Board. COMPETENCY BASED ASSESSMENT The National Training Board was charged with the responsibility to en sure the establishment of a framework of standards to facilitate the devel opment of a nationally consistent and responsive vocational education and training system. Industry competency standards endorsed by the National Training Board become the national benchmarks for the deliv ery, assessment and certification of education and training. The architectural profession has been actively involved with the devel opment of Competency Standards, with documentation on guidelines, policy, and training and responsibility of assessors, endorsed at the 1995 AACA Annual General Meeting. The Standards describe the range of activities undertaken by architects, in which an applicant must demonstrate competence. As well as provid ing a means of fair and objective recognition of overseas skills, Compe tency Based Assessment will, in time, be incorporated into the architec tural practice examinations. The use of the Standards is being extended further to provide a means by which persons without formal qualifica tions can undertake a highly demanding program of assessment, and, if successful, be eligible for registration. LEGISLATION - REVIEW OF THE ARCHITECTS ACT The Board has been advised that a review of the A rch itec ts A c t is to be undertaken as part of general legislative review stemming from the "Na tional Competition Policy Agreement". Such reviews are to be under taken by all of the States and Territories by the year 2000, to specifically address and revise any legislation containing "anti-competitive" aspects unless a valuable community benefit derives from the restriction of com petition. A r c h i t e c t s B o a r d A n n u a l R e p o r t P a g e 5

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