Professional Architects Australia

Professional Architects Australia (PAA) is more than a union – we are also a professional association. We represent architects in the private and public sector right across Australia. We have been doing this for more than 60 years and we are run for members by members.

Who we are

Professional Architects Australia, a Division of Professionals Australia, is a membership-based association that represents professionals in the private and public sector right across Australia.
For more than 60 years we have represented professionals like you.

Professional Architects Australia believes you should get the respect, recognition and reward you deserve.

We are part of the Professionals Australia network with more than 25,000 members across Australia.

We bring architects together not only to work for better wages and to ensure your rights are protected, but to help resolve the issues facing your profession.

We are part of the Professionals Australia network which has 25,000 members nationally. We began as the Association of Professional Engineers, Australia (APEA) which formed in 1946. APEA was the first organisation to ensure that professionals were recognised and rewarded for the high-value work we do. We continue to strive for similar goals, in today’s modern environment.

We are committed to:

  • Providing the highest standard of workplace advice and support to our members.
  • Advocating on behalf of members so that they are heard by government and industry.
  • Bringing members together, to negotiate a better bargain for your pay and conditions.

What we do

We support individual members with workplace issues, provide access to industry-leading professional development and career support, as well as a wide range of other services. With over 20,000 members, we amplify your voice on the policy and industry-wide issues that affect you. We work together for a better future for our members, to ensure we get the recognition, respect, and reward throughout your career and life.

You can find out more on how we support your industry here.


Our structure

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About us

Recognition of the social and economic value of Architectural services – and the remuneration and conditions, career development and skill currency of the Architects who provide them – is central to developing a vibrant, diverse, innovative, responsive and committed Architectural services industry in Australia.

We see it as critical that we play an active and considered role in identifying and responding to the challenges which face the profession and industry – challenges that can only be tackled with the cooperation of major stakeholder groups and the commitment and involvement of Architects themselves... Read more

Our vision

By working together and joining Professional Architects Australia, we are helping to deliver better outcomes for the community and ultimately delivering a more prosperous, productive economy.

We work with our members to ensure that architects are again listened to and respected for their important roles.

Australian architects want to be part of an industry:

  • Where governments and industry really listen to their architects
  • Where long term thinking triumphs over short term objectives
  • Where decision makers don’t get away with waste and delays, and instead we deliver value for money
  • Where projects are properly scoped, designed and managed, and governments are informed purchasers
  • The profession gets the respect, recognition and reward it deserves

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Australians depend on our members for their well-being every day. Our members use their expertise to create, innovate and to build a stronger society. We harnesses the strength of our membership to mount campaigns that change your industry and in doing so, change the nation.

Through our members, we’ve built a stronger voice for your profession. That means our campaigns get heard by the decision makers that matter. Whatever your role, you deserve respect, recognition and reward for your knowledge, expertise and skills – and your voice deserves to be heard.

By getting involved in our campaigns, you can contribute to the future of your profession by ensuring professional values are maintained, professionals are recognised and supported, and future generations see your profession or industry as an attractive career.

Our campaigns change the lives of our members and can change Australia for the better. Get involved and make a difference your profession, your industry and your workplace. Find out more here. 

Contact us

Not sure you’re being paid the Award rate? Need assistance with a problem at work? Would like to make a comment on our services, can’t find something on the website, or want to provide us with feedback?

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