Tasmania Division

Serving our members and the engineering profession in Tasmania.

About Engineers Australia Tasmania division

In 1918 the Tasmania Division of the Institution of Engineers was established so that engineers residing in Tasmania would have a local body to join. In August 1919 it became a foundation society member of Engineers Australia. By March 1920, 41 of the 65 Tasmania members had transferred to Engineers Australia membership. By December 1920 the Tasmania Division had 74 members. Mr John H. Butters was our first Chairman.

Engineers Australia nationally has approximately 100,000 members. Locally, the Tasmania Division has almost 1,300 members.

The people of Engineers Australia's Tasmania Division

Phil Gee FIEAust CPEng NER

Immediate Past President
Risden Knightley FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer

National Congress Representative
Geoff McDougall FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer

Committee Members
James Baker GradIEAust

Prof Andrew Chan FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer

David Finnigan FIEAust CPEng NER

Brendon Gannon FIEAust

Dr Alan Henderson MIEAust

Michael Verrier TMIEAust

Dr Vicki Gardiner PhD FRACI CChem CompIEAust
General Manager, Tasmania

Dr Gardiner holds a PhD (Chemistry) from Monash University and is a Fellow and former board member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Dr Gardiner has previously held roles in the corporate, government and academic sectors, including Marinova Pty Ltd, AusIndustry (Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) Tasmania, and the Universities of Tasmania, New South Wales and Southampton.

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Dr Diana Nahodil PhD AffilIEAust
Stakeholder Relations Manager

Dr Nahodil holds a PhD (Plant Physiology) from the University of Tasmania and has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Commercialisation.

She has had previous roles with the University of Tasmania as a Research Contracts Officer as well as Project Management roles at the Tasmanian Government in the Department of State Growth with the purpose of encouraging business growth and general engagement in innovation, science and technology.

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Gaylene Taylor
Accounts & Administration Officer

Gaylene looks after our office administration and accounts and assists staff and the General Manager in all areas.

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The Beacon Foundation

For the last 28 years, the Beacon Foundation has been supporting young Australians who are at risk of leaving school and facing a potential lifetime of welfare dependence.

We currently work in over 120 communities in need across Australia. Each year, 15,000 students from across these communities are actively engaged in Beacon Foundation programs, which are designed to enable schools to work together with business and communities, providing opportunities for students to bring their learning to life.

Through intensive three year partnerships with low socio-economic status secondary schools Beacon actively engages business, educators and communities to provide opportunities for young people while they’re still at school as a preventative method against disengagement and unemployment.

With a sound knowledge about what is possible into the future, Beacon’s programs then work to prepare that young person for life after school, ensuring they have the skills to be employable and the networks to make the most of future opportunities.

Embedded in our approach is our Real Futures Generation employment program, which was conceived to enable partnerships between schools and business in order to offer young people direct pathways into real jobs.

By building sustainable relationships between schools and businesses students are exposed to the 'real' world of work and the businesses are provided with young people who are prepared to work hard, a truly mutually beneficial model. The result is more young people entering into employment and on track towards a successful career in their chosen field.

With sustainability at its heart the Beacon approach successfully builds capacity in schools by establishing community and business partnerships and through an emphasis on teacher professional development. Within three years, the local relationships are developed to the extent that the program continues as a sustainable solution to youth unemployment into the future, with minimal support from Beacon.

Visit: https://beaconfoundation.com.au/

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Searson Buck

As Tasmania’s largest provider of recruitment services in the engineering and technical services sector Searson Buck are connected to a broad network of experienced Engineers and Project Managers across a multitude of disciplines including the Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Civil, Geo-technical, Environmental, Structural and technical space.

Our talent networks extend throughout Tasmania, Australia and overseas and as a local organisation we have a vested interest in our “Tassie Come Home” Initiative which allows us to connect with Tasmanian expats who are interested in returning home to continue in their career.

Searson Buck employs a team of dedicated specialist recruiters who know Tasmania and its talent pool giving us the edge when it comes to local knowledge, networks and expertise. As a trusted advisor to organisations around the state we are filling permanent, temporary, contract and on-hired positions on a daily basis. We understand the Tasmanian labour market and have a sound knowledge of the environmental and employment trends and the challenges encountered by local organisations in their search for new staff.

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Facilities booking

The Tasmania Division of Engineers Australia is centrally located at Level 5, 188 Collins Street, Hobart. Our purpose built contemporary rooms can cater for groups of 2 to 40 people in a variety of setup styles. With modern AV equipment as well as telephone and WiFi it is the perfect place to hold your Board Meeting, training session, presentation or seminar.

Leadership/VC Room

Hire Charges      Full Day(8hrs) $150          Half Day(4hrs) $100        

Focus Zone

Hire Charges      Full Day(8hrs) $150          Half Day(4hrs) $100        

Learning Zone

Hire Charges      Full Day (8hrs) $220         Half Day (4hrs) $150       

Engineers Australia Members receive exclusive discounts and benefits. Please enquire for more information. 

Email Us at tasmania@engineersaustralia.org.au or view our room hire flyer


Committees: submit a CPD event


Engineers Australia (EA) offers a range of national awards, medals and scholarships which highlight contributions to the various areas of engineering which we support and promote.

The EA Awards Program seeks to identify, recognise and reward outstanding achievement, eminence in the practice of engineering, and standout service to the profession. It plays an important role in promoting engineering excellence and the significant contribution engineering makes to the community.

Visit the awards page to find out more

The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) recognises world-class achievements in engineering.

Visit the AEEA page to find out more

The Individual Awards season is now open.

Building on its proud history Engineers Australia's Individual Awards confer recognition for outstanding individual engineering achievements and promote those engineers who show innovation and resourcefulness in their work. Engineers Australia Individual Awards recognise professional achievement, or engineering excellence in its various forms, and promote the profession of engineering.

Individual Awards nominations at the Divisional level are open for inspiring engineers who demonstrate a contribution to the well-being of the people and communities of Australia, resourcefulness in planning, finding solutions to design problems, pioneering the use of materials and methods, use of sustainable engineering practices and innovative design and construction and aesthetic value.

The Individual awards is a nominator-driven program. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Visit the Individual Awards page to nominate and find out more


Contact us

Office Location and Address

Level 5
188 Collins Street
Hobart TAS 7000

Postal address

PO Box 486

Toll Free: 1300 653 113

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Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm