“Unlike professions like law, medicine, education and trades like electricity and plumbing, it is an outlier that professional engineering services DO NOT require mandatory licensing or registration,
The Engineers Registration Bill will rectify this anomaly.”
The administration of the registration scheme will be administered by a co-regulation model that establishes a clear division between the professional industry and the government.
These clear divisions will see:
- An engineer’s qualifications, experience and continuing professional development assessed by professional associations such as Professionals Australia and,
- Enforcement and compliance a responsibility of the State.
The first arm of the proposed co-regulation model is professional associations such as Professionals Australia who hold the expertise to conduct assessments.
These assessment schemes will:
- Examine the qualifications and competencies of applicants
- Report to the Business Licensing Authority about the applicant’s eligibility for registration
- Audit registered engineers’ compliance with continuing professional development requirements
Professionals Australia’s assessment scheme is the Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia – RPEng. Follow this link to view the disciplines which we provide assessment.
The second arm of the model are three government regulatory bodies. They are:
Business Licencing Authority
- As the lead regulator they will determine applications for registration and renewal
Consumer Affairs Victoria
- Provide background support and monitor compliance and enforce discipline in relation to the Engineers Registration Act
Victorian Building Authority
- Consider applications whether a registered engineer can engage in the Building Industry
To view further detail about who will administer the scheme, visit https://www.dtf.vic.gov.au/engineers-registration-bill-2018
For further information about RPEng, please contact Linda Toohey, Registrar via email at email@example.com