The terms of the 3 elected members of the Board expire on 4 April 2020. Elections for the 3 members will be held in the first half of 2020. The Electoral Commission will conduct the elections and the key dates are as follows:
- Nominations open: Wednesday 5 February 2020
- Electoral Roll closes: 5 pm Wednesday 5 February 2020
- Nominations close: 12 noon Tuesday 18 February 2020
- Ballot Opens: Wednesday 26 February 2020 (via mail)
- Ballot closes: 9.30 am Wednesday 18 March 2020
Who is eligible to nominate as a candidate? All architects on the SA Register are eligible to nominate as a candidate for the election. To nominate, an official nomination form must be completed and signed by the candidate, and two other people eligible to vote must also sign the nomination form. A short (<200 word) profile will be required to accompany your nomination. From Wednesday 5 February 2020, contact the Electoral Commission to obtain a Nomination form, along with instructions on how to nominate as a candidate for the election. Only Nominations on the official Nomination Form will be accepted.
Who is eligible to vote? All architects on the SA Register at the time of the closing of the roll are eligible to vote. Ballot papers will be distributed by the Electoral Commission.
What do I need to do? You must ensure your address and contact details on the SA Register are correct. The Electoral Roll will be closed on 5 February 2020, so your contact details should be updated before that date. Electoral papers will be sent to you by the Electoral Commissioner by post. To update your contact details, sign in to your registration profile page (go to the Architects page: then the 'Sign in' page: enter your user name (registration number): enter your password). Check your contact details, and if they need to be changed, click on 'Edit Profile' and make the changes, then click on 'Save'.
What is the role of the Board? The Board is established under the Architectural Practice Act 2009. Its role is to regulate the architectural profession to maintain high standards of professional conduct and competence by architects and architectural businesses. Its functions are set out in section 13 of the Act. You can download more information in an Election 2020 Information Pack here Election-2020-Info-Pack.pdf
What is required of a Board Member? All members of the Board should be familiar with the Architectural Practice Act 2009, and the Architects' Code of Conduct. The Public Sector (Honesty and Accountability) Act 1995 is also relevant to the role of Board Members. Board meetings are usually 2 hours (meetings are currently once a month), and agenda items may include complaints against architects; breaches of the Architectural Practice Act; registrations and registration matters; approval of courses of education for registration and other items related to education; Board projects; national matters (e.g. pathways to registration, national competency standards); Architectural Practice Examination. The Board may establish Committees to deal with some matters and Board Members may be a member of such Committees - for example a Notifications Committee currently exists to review and advise on complaints and breaches.
Are Board Members paid? Members of the Board who are not public sector employees are paid sitting fees for attending Board meetings. The Sitting fee is determined by the SA Government, and is currently $206 for a Board meeting.
Any other queries? Contact the Registrar (Sue Millbank) if you have any questions about the role the Board and Board members, nominating as a candidate for the elections, and the elections.