The LGEA and the Association of Professional Engineers Australia have been calling for the recognition of engineers across NSW through the Engineering a Better Future campaign for some time.
The campaign calls for the following policies to be adopted by the state government:
• The introduction of a mandatory registration scheme for engineers as already in place in other states
• Requirement of cadet and graduate engineer programs for all government projects over $20m
• Require all local government authorities to employ qualified engineers
• Development of policies to rebuild internal engineering capacity in government
Although NSW Labor has already agreed to support the campaign by introducing a mandatory registration scheme for engineers if successful in the upcoming state election, to get this legislation passed as quickly as possible, we need bipartisan support.
To help gain support from the current NSW government, we are asking members to take part in the campaign by signing one of our postcards addressed to the Premier. The postcard asks the Premier to consider supporting the EaBF campaign and implement a registration scheme for engineers in NSW. We will take the completed postcards to Gladys Berejiklian’s office in March to visually represent how many engineers support the proposed legislation. The more completed postcards we have, the more effective this campaign will be so we appreciate any assistance you can provide in getting these postcards filled in and signed.
If you haven’t yet received any postcards, please email email@example.com to request copies. If you have completed postcards, please return to Level 1, 491 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000 as soon as possible.