Senior Investigator

The Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV) is a self-funding statutory authority which has as its primary responsibilities the registration of architects and approval of architectural companies/partnerships, the regulation of the professional conduct of architects (including complaints) and the regulation of prescribed terms linked to the practice of architecture. The ARBV's Complaints and Investigations function is part of a multi-faceted, risk-based, and evidence-led program of regulatory activity. Reporting to the Principal, Legal and Regulation, the primary focus of the Senior Investigator is to manage reactive (complaints and investigations) and proactive (for example, education and monitoring) regulatory work in accordance with the legislative and regulatory framework and ARBV’s Regulatory Strategy. The ARBV is looking for a legally qualified Senior Investigator to provide the required skills, qualifications and experience to undertake compliance and investigations duties.
Job Details
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Department: Architects Registration Board
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Regulatory, Governance and Compliance
Classification: VPSG5.1
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/2021
Closing Date: 24-Jan-2022
Salary Range: $102,637 - $113,410
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: ARBV Senior Investigator.pdf (PDF, 211KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Penny Snow

Position Details


Regulatory / Compliance 

Apply administrative law and highly developed skills to interpret and apply legislation to undertake regulatory investigations, prepare recommendations in relation to regulatory decisions, and ensure compliance process outcomes are accurately recorded and effectively communicated, including:

  • Plan, participate in and lead investigations into possible breaches of the regulatory framework
  • Conduct interviews, prepare statements and affidavits and use monitoring and investigation powers to identify and collect evidential material
  • Collect, secure and manage evidential material and confidential information gathered during investigations and other compliance activities
  • Produce high quality investigation reports and briefs of evidence to support recommended administrative action including compliance and enforcement decisions
  • Apply a risk-based approach to regulation to ensure that regulatory decisions are logical, consistent, effective in securing compliance with the regulatory framework, defensible and made efficiently
  • Ensure ARBV's regulatory response is proportionate with the overall risk of actual or possible non-compliance with the regulatory framework
  •  Develop and implement a framework for the collection, collation, analysis and reporting of complaints and compliance issues proactively identified, enabling analysis of trends, identification of emerging issues and risks
  • Develop focused strategies that address the most significant existing and emerging compliance issues in tandem with developing improved data analytics to better identify emerging trends and targeting of non-compliance of most need and effect
  • Participate in the delivery of education opportunities to inform and educate architects the public about the ARBV's functions and the requirements of relevant legislation and regulations


Best Practice / Quality Control 

  • Assist in the development and implementation of the Complaints Handling Procedures and ongoing improvements to the Operations Manual
  • Ensure the quality and accuracy of output from the team ensuring all reports are written in a professional manner cognisant of the broader regulatory environment and identifying areas for optimisation and continuous improvement in existing investigative methods
  • Provide support to the Principal, Legal and Regulation on proposed legislative reform
  • Coordinate training on regulatory compliance strategies and processes for staff and Board members


Qualifications and Experience 

Tertiary qualifications (LLB minimum) in Law and will hold or be eligible to hold a practising certificate in the State of Victoria

Demonstrated understanding of current administrative law principles and the capacity to apply these to sound administrative decision making

High level knowledge and experience of Tribunal processes, rules of evidence and adherence to ethical standards of responsibility required with proven expertise in analysing and reviewing complex technical information and providing critical advice on investigations issues and legal matters


Employment Eligibility

• Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa
• Recipients of Victorian Public Service (VPS) voluntary departure packages should note that re-employment restrictions apply
• External applicants will be subject to a probation period of six months
• Employment will be subject to a Federal Police check to the satisfaction of ARBV

All vacant roles are advertised on the basis that full vaccination against COVID-19 is a pre-condition of employment. This is required to ensure the safety of all employees and the public with whom they interact, pursuant to the Chief Health Officer's Direction regarding public sector workforces. Satisfactory proof of vaccination status will be required before an offer of employment is made.


Equal Opportunity Employer

ARBV is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Health and Safety Requirements

The preferred applicant may be required to undertake relevant medical and other safety compliance requirements that relate to any potential risks associated with this role.

The occupational health and safety requirements of this position include, but are not limited to activities involving:
• Driving
• Sedentary desk work
• Manual handling


Terms and Conditions
All ARBV employees are required to comply with the Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees.


Privacy Notification
ARBV affirms that the collection and handling of applications and personal information will be consistent with the requirements of the Privacy and Data Protection Act [2014].


Please email ARBV for the full position description 

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