Engineering registration must be cost-effective
Engineers have called for any registration scheme to be affordable, with 68 per cent of respondents to an Professionals Australia survey saying that cost will influence their decision to register or not.
Thursday, 7 February 2013
Professionals Australia surveyed its engineering members to help prepare its submission to the Review of the Professional Engineers Act 2002 currently being undertaken by the Board of Professional Engineers (Queensland) to gauge the level of support for a registration scheme and examine any potential issues that may arise in the future.
President of Professionals Australia Bill Jackson said Professionals Australia's survey found that only two per cent of engineers would pay an initial registration fee of $1000 or more.
Slightly more than 60 per cent of engineers said an initial registration fee should be less than $500 and a further 13 per cent said a fee of between $500 and $1000 would be acceptable.
Almost 24 per cent of respondents said they would not be interested in registration at all.
“Professionals Australia supports the continuation of the registration scheme for engineers in Queensland but we must ensure that it is affordable and provides genuine benefits to the community,” Mr Jackson said.
“It is crucial that the legislative objectives of such a scheme are linked to tangible outcomes rather than aspirational goals.”
Mr Jackson said Professionals Australia has listened carefully to the views of its engineering members and would argue that registration fees must be limited to an affordable rate and allow for effective competition in assessment.
“While Professionals Australia supports a nationally consistent registration scheme it does not do so at any cost,” Mr Jackson said.