The BDA&T Gets Active to Get You Accredited! 

Now more than ever, it is vital for today’s building designers to seek full and timely accreditation in their industry; not only to stand in accordance with new laws and codes but to keep up with the demands of a continually evolving and ever challenging built environment. This is why the BDA&T, the Building Designer Accreditation & Training arm of the BDAA created to ensure and facilitate the accreditation of building designers in Australia and is streamlining the accreditation process for today’s ambitious, conscientious building designers.

The BDA&T is updating documents, systems and processes, effectively removing outdated documents to provide a more streamlined application process.

In an effort to get Building Designers accredited as quickly as possible, we ask you to sign up here to ensure that you are notified as soon as our new and enhanced accreditation documents and processes are listed and available for use.

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Within the building industry, accreditation is an acknowledgement of the competency of a company or individual to perform a range of tasks or skills within an occupational framework. The formal recognition of that accreditation typically comes in the form of a license or registration, usually issued by State or Federal Government department.

Building Designers in Tasmania, Queensland and Victoria are regulated in this manner, with each state having its own regulations and providing certified documentation as proof of accreditation. If you are looking to engage a Building Designer in one of these states, you should check their state-issued certificate before doing so.

The other states and territories of Australia are heading toward similar outcomes to various degrees, but as of June 2017 there is no formal regulatory system in place.


In an effort to raise the standard of building construction documentation and to provide greater levels of professionalism to clients, builders, contractors and councils, Building Designers Association of Australia has introduced a system of independent accreditation for Building Designers, via Building Designers Accreditation & Training (BDA&T).

This scheme is endorsed and promoted by Building Designers Associations of Australia, and can apply to all design professionals not covered by alternate and appropriately recognised schemes. The scheme is further recognised by The NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS) and is a requirement for all Building Designers practicing in NSW in the child care industry.

BDA&T works with a number of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) such as TAFE NSW and the Master Builders Association to develop, maintain and deliver the competency training required to meet the expectation of governments and the building industry.

Any building designer who want to undertake voluntary accreditation, as a pathway to further education or as a requirement to design child care facilities, can access this service as part of their BDAA Australia membership.


Payment Processing:  upon receipt of a complete Application for Accreditation by BDA&T Head Office, a Tax Invoice will be sent to the Applicant for payment.  Processing of Application for Accreditation will not be completed until full payment has been received.

Any Application for Accreditation that is received without all required documentation is unable to be processed.  An email will be forwarded to the Applicant requesting any outstanding or incorrect information.  This may delay the Application being approved.

If an Accreditation Application received is deemed unsuitable for approval by an Assessor, a refund of the Accreditation Application fee already paid will be actioned within five business days, less the $275 Application Assessment Fee, which will be retained to cover costs of this.  All attempts to assist an Applicant through the Assessment process will be made prior to this being done.

* IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please fill in any Application Form using correct punctuation to assist in processing speed.  Please do not complete name in all capitals or all lower case, and also provide full address details and not abbreviated, eg st – please type Street. 

This will assist our office in processing your application as quickly as possible.

CLICK HERE for a list of Accredited Building Designers.

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