Architects practising in Victoria may no longer be able to stand apart in “splendid isolation” from the ramifications of tightened public protection changes in that state.

New indictable offence provisions for works without the proper building approval could draw architects into the web of those practitioners who can be whacked with stiff penalties. Building legislation in Victoria including the Building Act 1993 is currently undergoing reform in many areas, including provisions for dispute resolution orders and…