In the wake of the Opal Tower debacle, New South Wales is set to introduce registration across the construction industry.
The ‘shake-up’ will close a loophole where currently anyone can call themselves an engineer.
The Shergold Weir Report calls for the registration of all building practitioners. The report argues that everyone involved in the construction process should be registered. This extends beyond engineers to architects, designers, draftspersons, and other professionals in the industry.
Engineer registration is an important issue, both for engineers and the wider public. It is a guarantee that an engineer has the right knowledge and qualifications to do the job. It also ensures that engineers are only working in areas for which they are appropriately skilled. That way, you can be sure the right engineer is doing to the right job.
This issue has been on the horizon for some time now. We saw the first signs when $2 billion was spent on trains that didn’t fit through our tunnels. Now, a crumbling apartment complex has opened our eyes. It is only good fortune that has seen us avoid real disaster.
Could you imagine a tragedy like Genoa on our shores?
Hopefully we will see real action now, with Governments acting to address the failures of the past, and strengthen our construction industry, not just in NSW.
Victoria are putting the finishing touches on their own engineer registration scheme, and the ACT have committed to registration. Western Australia are exploring the idea, and of course, it is already mandatory in Queensland.
Ultimately, engineer registration is the first step towards Engineering A Better Future. Registration recognises an engineer’s qualifications, competency, experience and professional ethics.
It provides the wider public with the peace of mind that qualified engineers are making engineering decisions. Not only on government projects but through all aspects of engineering.
Engineers are vital to our power and water systems, our roads and our bridges. And with a record $58 billion pipeline of infrastructure projects to be built over the coming years, we have to make sure we have the right people doing the job.
Support the call to lift the standing of the engineering profession.