National Congress is a representative body of 35 - 37 members that elects directors to the Board of Engineers Australia. The responsibilities and structure of National Congress are determined by the 2015 Royal Charter and By-laws.
The Board is the governing body of Engineers Australia and its role is comparable to that of a company board. It appoints and liaises with the Chief Executive Officer, sets regulations and policies, sets strategic directions, and monitors the organisation's financial sustainability and performance. Any voting member of Engineers Australia may nominate for election as a director on the Board.
The Board has a number of advisory sub-committees such as the Honours and Awards Committee and the International Committee. The Board also forms short-term working groups to provide advice on key strategic issues, as needs arise.
The responsibilities and structure of the Board are determined by the 2015 Royal Charter and By-laws.
Each of Engineers Australia's nine divisions is led by a division committee of the division members. A division committee is responsible to and sits under the direction of the Board. The committee:
- sets division strategies within the Strategic Plan
- provides leadership and direction to the division groups and office bearers
- guides and liaises with the division staff
- provides advice to the Board on strategic issues and division matters
- provides a public voice for Engineers Australia within the division.
Responsibilities are defined in the General Regulations 2016.
Some division committees form advisory sub-committees or convene division advisory forums of division groups and other stakeholder representatives.
The Office Bearer Election Regulations sets out the Boards's requirements in this area.
A division group delivers specific services to the members of the division, within a specific field of practice, area of interest or geographic area. This may include facilitating professional interaction and delivering continuing professional development.
To view a list of division groups in your area, click on the links at the top left of this page.
Each of Engineers Australia's nine colleges is led by a College Board of the college members. College Boards are under the direction of the Board and are responsible for a variety of tasks including steering the college and participating in the life of Engineers Australia.
National Panels and committees
National panels and committees promote and advance the science and practice of a particular engineering interest. They are often formed as a consultative group for a particular engineering industry base or for an engineering discipline interest group.
Special interest groups
The Board has formed a number of special interest groups, to provide specific support and strategic engagement to segments of the membership. Special interest groups are led by a national committee or board, under specific terms of reference set by the Board.
Some special interest groups have allied division groups, which liaise with the national committee but are responsible to the Division Committee.
There are two types of technical societies - incorporated and unincorporated. Incorporated are governed by their own constitutions but choose to be aligned with Engineers Australia as a Technical Society. Unincorporated technical societies are governed by a Technical Society Committee, which is responsible to and under the direction of the Board. Technical Society members are not obliged to be members of Engineers Australia.
Engineers Australia has around 5,000 overseas members, including Australians living or working overseas and locals who have studied or worked in Australia. Our overseas chapters have been formed in selected locations where our members are clustered. Each chapter is managed by a volunteer elected Executive Committee, and receives staff support from Engineers Australia's national office.
Engineers Australia Code of Ethics
Royal Charter and By-laws
Engineers Australia is incorporated by Royal Charter, last amended by approval of the Governor-General on 21 September 2015.
Our Royal Charter and By-laws place obligations on us to advance the science and practice of engineering for the benefit of the community.
A New Vision
During 2013 and 2014, Engineers Australia’s national governing Board undertook a planning and consultation process with our key leadership groups to refresh our vision and top-level priorities for the next three years 2014-2017.
“Engineers Australia is the trusted voice of the profession. We are the global home for engineering professionals renowned as leaders in shaping a sustainable world.”
Strategic priorities 2014-2017
In August 2014 the Board approved seven new high-level goals and a suite of strategies and deliverables for the three-year period 2014-2017.
Our annual budgets will be directed toward these deliverables, and each of our business units will work to achieve specific outcomes for our various stakeholders over the three-year period.
For our members
A summary version of the Strategic Priorities document can be downloaded as a PDF – Strategic Priorities 2014-2017 Summary [PDF 0.7MB]
Comments or queries relating to the priorities documents can be sent via email.
The Board, Engineers Australia's governing body, has approved a series of policies.
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The Board, Engineers Australia's governing body, has approved a series of Regulations.
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Annual Report & Financials
In accordance with By-law 20.2, an Annual Report is presented by the Board each year for the business of the Annual General Meeting of Engineers Australia.
2015-2016 Annual Report & Financials
- 2015-2016 Annual Report (PDF 5MB)
- Annual Consolidated Financial Statements - 30 June 2016 (PDF, 645kb)
- 2014-2015 Annual Report (PDF 11mb)
- Annual Consolidated Financial Report - to 30 June 2015 (PDF 512kb)
- Annual Consolidated Concise Financial Report - to 30 June 2015 (PDF 417kb)
2013-2014 Annual Report and Financials
- 2013-2014 Annual Report (PDF 1.2mb)
- Annual Consolidated Financial Report – to 30 June 2014 (PDF 487kb)
- Annual Consolidated Concise Financial Report – to 30 June 2014 (PDF 387kb)
2012-2013 Annual Report
- Printed Annual Report 2012-2013 (PDF 10.9mb)
- Annual Consolidated Financial Report – to 30 June 2013 (PDF 515kb)
- Annual Consolidated Concise Financial Report – to 30 June 2013 (PDF 381kb)
2011-2012 Annual Report
- Engineers Australia Annual Report 2011-2012 (PDF 7.5mb)
- Annual Consolidated Financial Report - to 30 June 2012 (PDF 396kb)
- Annual Consolidated Concise Financial Report - to 30 June 2012 (PDF 381kb)
2010-2011 Annual Report
- Engineers Australia Annual Report 2010-2011 (PDF 4.7mb)