The LGEA is thrilled to share that at the Engineering a Better Future campaign launch, the Honourable Peter Primrose MLC, Shadow Minister for Local Government, formally announced that NSW Labor will introduce a registration scheme for engineers if elected to government in the upcoming state election.
The LGEA and its members have long been lobbying for registration in NSW which aligns with Queensland’s long-established scheme – both through the Notice of Motion campaign and more recently the Engineering a Better Future campaign, so we applaud NSW Labor’s clear commitment to addressing this important issue.
With the current pace of construction in NSW, and in all major Australian cities, the role of engineers in protecting public safety has never been more important and a Daley State Labor Government is committed to elevating the standing of engineering as a profession in the state while also protecting the community by ensuring only qualified, competent engineers do engineering work.
“This Government has overseen disaster after disaster in infrastructure delivery, yet it has chosen to ignore the engineering profession’s urging that a Registration scheme be adopted to lift the standing of the profession,” said the Hon. Adam Searle, Shadow Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy.
The Local Government Engineer’s Association (LGEA) and Professionals Australia applauds NSW Labor’s commitment to implement a registration scheme for engineers if elected to government.
Labor’s proposal for engineering registration is strongly supported across the engineering profession including by the LGEA, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia and Local Government NSW. The Labor announcement comes on the back of the NSW launch of Engineering A Better Future, a campaign that aims to better recognise and respect the work that engineers do and lift the standard of the profession.
A Galaxy Poll in NSW found that most people assumed engineers were registered, and 93 percent of those surveyed supported registration for engineers. Registration now has the support of the NSW public, engineers, their associations and no State government.
“The next NSW Labor Government will work to ensure maximum alignment with the Queensland and Victorian systems. The coregulatory model adopted in other states will be the starting place, providing a consistent policy environment for business and ensuring best practice,’ said Yasmin Catley, MP Shadow Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation.
Read the full press release from Adam Searle MLC, Shadow Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy here.