PALS Refresher: Practice Management B

PALS Refresher: Practice Management B

PALS Refresher: Practice Management B

Available On Demand


This module covers a range of topics from the establishment of a practice through to its successful operation.


This presentation is equivalent to 1 hour/point of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competency/s from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:

    2015 Competencies:

    Practice Management

    9.7 Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements and obligations in regard to architectural practice,
    practice management and registration as an architect.

    2021 Competencies:

    Practice Management and Professional Conduct:

    PC 1 Comply with the regulatory requirements and obligations pertaining to practice as an architect, including legislation, professional codes of conduct, obligations for continuing professional development and professional indemnity insurance. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this presentation you should be able to:

  1. Identify best practice for an architect, particularly that derived from the codes of conduct.
  2. Identify the appropriate business structure for a practice’s circumstances.
  3. Understand the opportunities and challenges pertaining to practices at different scales.
  4. Understand the different kinds of resources that practices require, including people and practice/project management tools.


Melonie Bayl-Smith

Director, Bijl Architecture

Melonie is director and nominated architect of Bijl Architecture, an award-winning small practice based in Sydney. Beyond practice, Melonie is well known for her long-term and ongoing involvement in architectural education, professional standards and the registration of architects, contributing to her appointment in 2017 as the AACA NSW State Convenor. In parallel to this, Melonie is presently serving her second term (2019-20) as an Elected Member of the NSW Architects Registration Board.
Melonie is presently Co-Chair of the National Committee for Gender Equity and has previously served as an elected NSW Chapter Councillor and on numerous committees addressing issues such as tertiary and continuing education, professional practice, heritage, and advocacy. In 2018 Melonie was named a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, and at the National Achievement Awards in Architecture was awarded the 2018 Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize.  



Starting a practice

Business structure and planning

Checklist of project records

Office administration


Member: $49
Non-Member: $74
Student: $19


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