Following on from the foundations built by the LGEA’s Notice of Motion campaign earlier this year, the Association of Professional Engineers Australia’s Engineering a Better Future campaign was formally launched in NSW and across the rest of Australia last month.
Much like the NOM campaign, the national EABF campaign calls for:
- 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
The campaign has already made significant progress with five MPs representing four different political parties tabling a Notice of Motion in support of the formal recognition of professional engineers before the NSW Parliament
The MPs who tabled the Motion are:
- John Sidoti MP – Member for Drummoyne
- Greg Warren MP – Member for Campbelltown
- Philip Donato MP – Member for Orange
- Tamara Smith MP – Member for Ballina
- Sonia Hornery – Member for Wallsend
Furthermore, at the NSW Engineering a Better Future campaign launch event NSW Labor formally announced if successful in the next election, the government will introduce a registration scheme for engineers.
LGEA members have played a significant role in the progress of this campaign so far and now we’re calling on further support from engineering members across NSW – both in local government and beyond. In this next phase of the campaign we are asking members to visit their local non-ALP MP and ask for their support in person for the four key reforms.
Although the ALP is already on board, it is essential that we gain bipartisan support to ensure theses critical reforms are made to help in strengthening the engineering profession and improve infrastructure delivery in NSW.
We have prepared some documents to assist you with your visit to your local MP:
For your local non-ALP MP: