On Tuesday 2 June, a mandatory engineer registration scheme was added to the Design & Building Practitioners Bill and passed in the NSW Upper House, ushering in a system that will see engineers who oversee engineering work registered across most engineering sectors.

Although the regulations are still being drafted, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we have received from engineering members over the past few weeks.

Do all engineers need to be registered?

All civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and fire safety engineers, as well as any other disciplines prescribed by the legislation, who are not directly supervised in NSW will require registration.

When will it become mandatory for engineers to be registered in NSW?

Engineers will legally be required to be registered from 1 July 2021 – giving you a 12-month window to apply.

If I’m registered in Queensland will I automatically be registered in New South Wales?

The legislation states there will be mutual recognition for those who are already registered in Queensland or Victoria, which means that if you have current RPEQ or RPEng in another state then you won’t be required to gain further registration to work unsupervised in NSW.

What’s next?

The new Act will be accompanied by a range of regulations which will set out how the engineer registration arrangement will be governed. Work will commence on these regulations shortly.

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