Updated on 30 Nov 2020
The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is a professional standards body. Through its leadership, standards and code of ethics, it ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence.
The Institute is an organisation with Chapters and Divisions in all States and Territories. It also has a strong overseas membership and is the Australian peak body to the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) and the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS).
As a Quantity Surveyor is an important member of the building and construction team, the Institute is an active participant in all the industry major forums and lobby groups, e.g.,The Australian Council of Building Design Professions, the Australian Construction Industry Forum and the Australian Council of Professions.
The Institute plays an important role in industry research through the collection of cost data and the publishing of the Current Construction Costs. It also publishes,The Australian Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works (6th Edition) and cooperates with tertiary institutions on research programs.
The AIQS has formal links with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS), the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (SISV), the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) and the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS).
The Institute publishes the quarterly journal The Building Economist which was first produced in 1961.The Institute's other major publications are the Current Construction Costs (printed in The Building Economist) and the Australian Cost Management Manual and a series of useful technical guides and textbooks, as well as videos, CDs and Practice Notes. The Institute also publishes a fortnightly E-Bulletin which is emailed to all Members, as well as Chapter Newsletters.
The Institute's primary functions are to:
Ensure the necessary standards of education and training which lead to membership
Ensure members are kept abreast of emerging issues affecting them and the industry as a whole
Support the education of trainees
Encourage and provide continue professional development
Maintain standards and methods of procedure
Uphold ethical standards of practice and code of conduct
Encourage and support appropriate research
Represent the profession at government, industry and public forums lobby for and encourage Economic use of building and construction resources
Produce policies and position statements on professional and industry matters.
Membership is open to Quantity Surveyors, Building or Construction Economists, Cost Engineers, Cost Estimators and others with appropriate degrees/qualifications and work experience. Students and other related professionals may also be eligible for membership. The Institute actively encourages excellence in the profession by awarding annual prizes to top students in Quantity Surveying degree courses and peer recognition of senior members by the awarding of the title "Fellow of the Institute".
There are four possible pathways open to applicants. Please review the eligibility requirements for each pathway as shown below.
To apply for a skills assessment via Pathway One, applicants must hold an AIQS accredited Bachelor's or Postgraduate Degree from an Australian University as set out in the AIQS Accredited Course Guide. Should you require your employment to be assessed (minimum 2 years), please check eligibility requirements and apply via Pathway 2.
To apply for a skills assessment via Pathway two, you must hold an Australian Bachelor’s or Postgraduate Degree in Quantity Surveying/Construction Management and Economics or allied discipline from an Australian University.
You must have at least two years of full-time employment in quantity surveying since graduating.
To apply for a skills assessment via Pathway three, as an overseas applicant you must hold a Bachelor’s or Postgraduate Degree in Quantity Surveying/Construction Management and Economics or allied discipline. Whether a degree is recognised as comparable to a Bachelor's Degree in Australia is assessed in conjunction with the Australian Government Education Profile.
You must have at least two years of full-time employment in Quantity Surveying since graduating.
To apply for a skills assessment via Pathway four, you must be an AIQS corporate member or a corporate member of a recognised association.
You must have at least one year of full-time employment in Quantity Surveying since achieving your corporate membership.
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All skilled migration assessment applications, processed by AIQS, must include a payment of the relevant assessment fee and paid in Australian dollars. Note that the Assessment Fee is non-refundable, regardless of the outcome of the assessment.
|Fee (inc GST)*
|Administrative deposit (deducted from application fee)
* Applicants living in countries other than Australia are not required to pay the 10% GST component.
** Only applicable within two years of the date of the original positive assessment.
Our head office is located at:
Suite 303, Level 3,
70 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000
T: +61 2 8234 4000
F: +61 2 8234 4044
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