Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works, the Hon. Tim Mander has officially launched Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia (RPEng) Scheme, in Brisbane.
The launch brought together industry stakeholders and a large number of members from across the public and private sectors – highlighting the overwhelming response to the Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia (RPEng) Scheme in its first weeks of operation.
Professionals Australia CEO Chris Walton said that he was “particularly pleased” to introduce the scheme to members, many of whom had been calling for a high-quality, yet affordable registration scheme for several years.
Minister Mander said that Queensland recognised and valued registration as an important part of ensuring high standards in engineering.
Queensland has had compulsory registration of engineers for the past 85 years, with over 11,000 engineers currently registered across 25 disciplines.
Since 2008 when the Queensland Government introduced competition into the market for registration, the number of registered engineers in Queensland has doubled.
The Minister noted that while the Queensland Government encouraged competition, it would never compromise on quality or lower standards.
“This idea of high standards is where Professionals Australia comes in – the Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia (RPEng) Scheme provides a high-quality form of registration,” said Minister Mander.
“Public safety is always at the forefront of the Government’s thinking. Engineering is so important to maintaining public safety that we are completely committed to maintaining the highest standards possible.
“The Government would only ever approve registration offered by organisations that are credible and have a strong record. Professionals Australia is certainly in this category.”
In concluding, Minister Mander said, “We believe that good engineers are good news for everyone. Congratulations on the Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia (RPEng) Scheme and we look forward to working with you”.
Mr Walton thanked the Minister for the generosity of his comments and acknowledged the “overwhelming” response from members. Members can find out more – www.rpeng.org.au
“In just the first weeks of the scheme, we have been inundated with applications and inquires from around Australia. Engineers are telling us loud and clear that they want high-quality, affordable registration,” said Mr Walton.