Northern Division

Serving our members and the engineering profession in the Northern Territory, Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

About Engineers Australia Northern Division

The Northern Division is the largest Division, geographically, of Engineers Australia, covering the whole of the Northern Territory, as well as Indonesia and Timor-Leste. The Northern Division serves and advocates for the Northern engineering profession and sector via dedicated staff in its Darwin-based office, a Division Committee and a number of Regional Groups.

The Northern Division is led by a General Manager and a Division Committee with up to 14 volunteer members from a broad range of engineering fields.

The Northern Division’s Strategic Priorities are to:

  1. Build the Northern engineering community
  2. Connect and build trusted relationships with Northern neighbours
  3. Recognise, promote and share benefits of unique tropical and remote engineering practices
  4. Develop future and existing engineers
  5. Build alliances and partnerships.

The Division runs a large number of valuable territory-wide technical presentations, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) sessions and workshops. Other major Northern Division activities include:

  • Co-sponsorship of the Engineering Diversity Scholarship Program, with Territory Generation
  • Engineering Matters events
  • Roundtables with industry and government representatives
  • Engineering heritage endeavours
  • Policy launch events
  • Leadership forums
  • STEM activities, such as the ‘Science and Engineering Challenge’ and ‘Meet an Engineer’ events
  • Networking opportunities
  • Formally acknowledging engineers who have served the profession with Fellow status
  • Recognising outstanding local individual engineers and projects through our Awards Programs

Engineers Australia members benefit from access to world-class CPD and technical resources; career services; the recognition they receive on the National Engineering Register and via Chartered status; valuable networking opportunities; global mobility through our International Accords; entry into our Awards Programs; leadership and advocacy opportunities; leadership achievements being recognised through the Engineering Executive (EngExec) postnominal; and, access to an exclusive member rewards program, Ignite, among many other benefits.

Start your membership today and enjoy the benefits of being part of Engineers Australia, your professional home for life.


Major Initiatives

The People of Engineers Australia's Northern Division

The Division Committee consists of the Division President, Past President, and between a minimum of six and a maximum of twelve other elected positions.

The Management Committee meets monthly to assist in running the Northern Division.

Chris Lugg FIEAust CPEng NER

Deputy President
Jo O'Brien MIEAust CPEng NER

Past President
Jaswant Deo FIEAust CPEng NER

Committee Member & Immediate Past President
Nerida Horner MIEAust

Committee Members

Grant Chorvat      MIEAust CPEng NER
Colin Van Eck      FIEAust  CPEng NER
David McHugh     FIEAust  CPEng NER APEC Engineer    
Jack Foster          MIEAust CPEng    
Brian Forester      FIEAust  CPEng NER    
Nathan Ting         MIEAust CPEng NER    
Dr Elisha Harris   MIEAust  CPEng NER    
Daniel Hill            MIEAust    

Title Name Post Nominals Position College Email
Ms Jo O'Brien MIEAust CPEng NER Chair LSAC Civil
Ms Frith McLellan MIEAust Representative Mechanical College Board Mechanical
Mr David McHugh FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer Representative Civil College Board Civil
Mr Nathan Ting MIEAust CPEng NER Deputy Chair LSAC; President YEA  Electrical
Ms Sinead Deeney GradTIEAust Chair Women In Engineering Environmental
Mr Lakshman Rajaratnam FIEAust CPEng Representative NCWE (National Committee on Water Engineering)  Civil (Water)
Ms Felicity Wall MIEAust CPEng NER Representative Alice Springs Regional Civil
Mr Trevor Horman AM FIEAust Representative Heritage Electrical
Mr Gary Boyle MIEAust Representative CELM and SENG Civil, Leadership & Management
Mr Colin Van Eck FIEAust CPEng NER Representative ITEE Electrical, ITEE

The Northern Division has three staff:

Mark Monaghan     General Manager
Jen Mahony Business Development Manager
Eliane Stuber Administration & Events Coordinator

Northern Division Partners


Engineers Australia Northern Division would like to thank our sponsor partners. Without the support of these organisations, we would not be able to provide a number of programs and events. These include the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA), Continuing Professional Development (CPD)events, Engineering Diversity Scholarship program and STEM programs.

We ask all of our members to support those organisations who support them.

Territory Generation

Territory Generation is the largest producer of electricity in the Northern Territory and employs more than 200 people.

The government-owned corporation owns and operates power stations at Channel Island, Weddell, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Yulara, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs (Ron Goodin) and Owen Springs.

There are 55 generating units with a combined installed capacity of about 580MW.

The Darwin/Katherine interconnected system is linked by a 132kV transmission line from Darwin to Katherine and accounts for three quarters of total capacity.

In the 12 months to 30 June 2016, Territory Generation’s combined output from gas, diesel and solar facilities was 1973 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity, compared with 1893 GWh in 2014-15.

Financial year revenue from the sale of electricity was $306.6 million.

Territory Generation is currently upgrading the Tennant Creek and Owen Springs power stations, and is committed to achieving 50 per cent of its generation from renewable sources by 2030.

Territory Generation


    Northern Territory Government

    The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is proud to be a sponsor of Engineers Australia, Northern. The Department supports Engineers Australia in encouraging development across industry and collaboration to share knowledge and expertise. A key function of the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is as the lead provider and construction authority for public infrastructure across the Northern Territory.

    The Department has:

    • 784 Full Time Equivalent Staff located in Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and Yulara
    • An estimated $374 million operational budget
    • $679 million Capital Works funding, including Commonwealth funding
    • A $1.6 billion Infrastructure Program
    • Responsibility to manage and maintain a road network of 22,000km; 220 bridges; 70 aerodromes; and 14 barge landings, which are the main components of total property, plant and equipment of approximately $6.16 billion
    • 68,500 square kilometres of Crown Land to manage across the Territory
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    GHD is an international network of professional and technical consultants. Established in 1928, GHD employs more than 6000 people across five continents and serves clients in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. Wholly-owned by its staff, GHD is focused exclusively on client success. Our network of forward-thinking engineers, architects, planners, scientists, project managers and economists collaborates to solve client and community challenges. They embrace the core values of Teamwork, Respect and Integrity to create enduring relationships that deliver exceptional results.

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    Charles Darwin University

    Charles Darwin University (CDU) is founded on 50 years of delivering tertiary education in the Northern Territory (NT), Australia.

    The university is the largest tertiary institution in the NT, with campuses in the Darwin suburb of Casuarina, Palmerston, Alice Springs, Katherine and Nhulunbuy, and training centres in Jabiru, Tennant Creek and Yulara.

    CDU was formed in 2003 through a merger between the Northern Territory University, Alice Springs-based Centralian College, NT Rural College in Katherine, and the Menzies School of Health Research.

    Today, CDU offers a fresh approach to education, training, research and knowledge application.

    The university aspires to be internationally recognised as a centre for excellence in Indigenous and cross-cultural knowledge, tropical knowledge and desert knowledge.

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    Facilities Booking

    Centrally located in Darwin city, Engineers Australia Northern Division office has two rooms available for hire:

    • Auditorium
    • Boardroom

    Click here for the 2017 Meeting Room and Equipment Hire Charges


    To make a room booking please complete the 2017 Room Hire Agreement and email it to


    For any enquiries about our meeting rooms please contact us via 08 8914 1702 or email


    Below is our list of suggested caterers in Darwin:

    Northern Division Groups

    The Northern Division covers a large geographical area and therefore we have a number of regional groups to assist our more remote members.

    If you have any ideas or suggestions or know of anyone keen to do a technical presentation in any of these areas please do not hesitate to contact either the office or the regional contact for that group.

    • Darwin
    • Alice Springs
    • Katherine
    • Nhulunbuy
    • Indonesia


    Regional Group contacts

    Alice Springs: Felicity Wall

    Nhulunbuy: vacant

    Jabiru: vacant

    Katherine: vacant

    Indonesia: vacant

    Please email the Northern Division office if you are interested in one of the vacant positions.

    Northern Division Awards

    The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) Northern 2016 program seeks to identify, recognise and reward outstanding achievement in the practice of engineering and service to the profession.

    The AEEA is the premier event for the profession. The night promotes industry excellence across engineering projects and engineering professionals.

    For information on the AEEA Northern Awards 2016 visit

    STEM Programs

    The Science and Engineering Challenge is a joint project managed by Engineers Australia Northern Division and supported by Charles Darwin University.

    Created and run on the day by the University of Newcastle, the Science and Engineering Challenge is a fun day of competition designed to demonstrate the varied possibilities science and engineering offer as a profession.

    Go to the Science and Engineering Challenge website to find out more about the competition

    If you would like to sign up a school team, volunteer at this event or like more information, please contact us by email or call 08 8914 1702.

    Have you got a degree in science, technology, engineering or maths?

    Would you like to share your knowledge and inspire the next generation?

    Then Join CSIRO's STEM Professionals in Schools Program.

    Volunteer scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians are matched with teachers in ongoing, professional partnerships. Partnerships are completely flexible depending on your interests and time commitments.

    Involvement may include presentations, demonstrations, hands-on activities, fieldwork participation and more...

    For more information and registration visit the STEM Professionals in Schools website.

    Targeted to primary school students, EngQuest is an all year round, web based program to provide a hands-on way for students to achieve key learning outcomes in science, mathematics and technology without leaving the class room.

    Fun and interactive student projects combined with comprehensive resources and teacher support make EngQuest the perfect package for primary school teachers across Australia.

    Registration is free and there are some fantastic prizes on offer. All students will receive a certificate of participation recognising their efforts.

    With brand new projects, comprehensive Teacher Packs and fantastic prizes, EngQuest is a program of Engineers Australia. EngQuest is supported by the Australian Government through a Science Connections Program Grant administered by the Department of Education, Science and Training.

    We aim to link members of the engineering team to schools to talk to the students.

    The site provides teachers with relevant information and resources to guide student projects with ease. Participants are able to download teachers' packs complete with lesson plans and student hand-outs.

    Learn more about EngQuest

    This Inspiring Australia strategy aims to build a strong, open relationship between science and society, underpinned by effective communication of science and its benefits.

    The national strategy has broad objectives that require the widespread support of our science and research agencies, our education providers, our industry and business sector, our cultural and community organisations and many others working together.

    Contact us

    The office of Engineers Australia Northern Division is located at:

    9 Cavenagh Street
    Darwin NT 0800

    Postal Address

    GPO Box 417
    Darwin NT 0801

    Phone: +61 8 8981 4137
    Fax: +61 2 6273 1488

    Email us

    Office hours

    Monday - Thursday     9:00am - 4:30pm
    Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm



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