Following the passage of the Professional Engineers Registration Bill in Victoria on 27 August, members working in IT have raised the issue whether software and network engineers will need to be registered.
The Victorian law initially covers the disciplines of civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and fire-safety with the intention of reducing risk in major infrastructure projects.
Chris Walton, CEO of Professionals Australia, says that over time, the scheme is expected to mirror the system in Queensland. “The RPEQ system,” he said, “covers 26 disciplines and IT and telecommunications is one of them. That means that once the Registration system in Victoria is established, it’s likely to be expanded to cover engineers with a 4-year engineering degree working in IT. Those Professional Engineers registered will be required to engage in 150 hours of Continuing Professional Development over a period of 3 years, demonstrate practical and relevant experience of at least 3 years and be assessed by an approved registration body. Not every software or network engineer in an organisation needs to be registered,” he said,”but an organisation needs to have sufficient registered engineers to oversee and sign off on relevant work.”