Engineer registration reform passed in Victoria
Late on Tuesday 27 August 2019, the Victorian Parliament passed the Engineer
Registration Bill, making Victoria the second Australian state to adopt a
mandatory registration scheme for engineers.
The new laws, which will be transitioned into effect over the course of three years, recognise the important role engineers play in our community
will deliver a long-term economic benefit to the state.
The passing of this Bill brings engineering in Victoria into
line with other professions like doctors, nurses, architects, electricians and
plumbers, where practitioners must be registered. It also means that
unqualified people can no longer practice engineering in the state, unless they
are directly supervised by a registered engineer.
Chris Walton, CEO of Professionals Australia and the
Association of Professional Engineers Australia said the reform was only
possible because of the determination of PA members to see their profession
“The independence, competence and integrity of our engineer
workforce is vital to ensuring our homes, places of work, the water we drink,
the energy we use and the roads and bridges we drive on are safe and remain
“Everyone who worked towards the passage of this Bill should be
proud of that achievement.”
This landmark reform, while a great step forward for Australian
engineering, leaves New South Wales as the last remaining major Australian
state on the eastern seaboard without an engineering registration scheme in
The NSW Government has committed to developing an engineer
registration scheme in response to the national building crisis, however the
proposed scheme doesn’t go far enough and would only apply to the building
We will be continuing our efforts to ensure that an engineer
registration scheme, consistent with those in Queensland and Victorian, is
introduced in NSW, so that the profession, industry and community in this state
enjoy the same protections as those other states.