Who will need to be registered?
“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.”
Currently in its Second Reading in Victorian Parliament, the Engineers Registration Bill is designed to ensure that engineering services are completed by those with a minimum level of qualification, experience and professional development.
Under this scheme, you’ll need to be registered if you:
- Provide professional engineering services
- Provide services that fall within the following areas of engineering;
- Fire & Safety
This Bill is modelled on the registration scheme in Queensland which requires engineers to be registered to carry out professional engineering services. The categories of engineering above account for approximately 80 per cent of registered engineers in the state.
Once passed, it is expected other areas of engineering will be considered once those areas specified in the Bill are fully implemented.
Whilst the areas of engineering in this Bill are already specified in the regulations under the Building Act 1993, there is a provision to reflect the contemporary structure and definitions of the profession.
This approach means that the scheme would recognise definitions and areas specified by professional engineering associations such as APEA. As well as the five areas, there is scope in the Bill, to recognise chemical, environmental, geotechnical, IT &T and management as defined in the Experience and Disciplines Guidelines for our RPEng program.
Victoria’s registration scheme will ensure highly‑qualified and experienced engineers develop and oversee the State’s most important projects