Roles and Activities

Our mission, activities and Reconciliation Action Plan.

Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering and the professional development of our members.

With more than 100,000 members representing all disciplines of engineering, Engineers Australia is the largest and most diverse professional body for engineers in Australia. We seek to not only enhance the standing and reputation of our members, we are also committed to addressing social and cultural injustices and inequalities.

We aim to:

  • advance the science and practice of engineering
  • cultivate lifelong learning by our members
  • promote the contribution of the profession as widely as possible
  • champion professional and ethical conduct
  • welcome all those who wish to practise engineering
  • allow members' aspirations to be realised and to learn from their creativity and innovation
  • celebrate excellence in engineering outcomes
  • draw inspiration from our engineering heritage
  • sustain the integrity of the profession
  • take the lead in advocacy of the profession.


Engineers Australia conducts a broad range of activities. Explore the links below to see what we offer to members and the broader community:

  • Program accreditation
  • Migration Skills Assessment
  • Professional development
  • Chartered Status for Engineers

Reconciliation Action Plan

In 2011, then National President Merv Lindsay committed to using the Year of Humanitarian Engineering as a platform to recognise the significant disadvantage faced by Indigenous Australians. Also recognised was the fact that the gap in outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians has not decreased over the past decade or more.

As a result, Engineers Australia developed and released a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in support of the Australian Government's Closing the Gap strategy. This strategy aims to reduce Indigenous disadvantage with respect to life expectancy, child mortality, access to early childhood education, educational achievement and employment outcomes.

Engineers Australia's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) represents our commitment and response to 'closing the gap'.

Engineers Australia's RAP details the steps that we will take to help achieve Indigenous equality and to help build positive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. More information on RAPs can be found at the Reconciliation Australia website.

A brief History of Reconciliation is provided here. For more information, see the following links:

If you would like to comment on the RAP, please email

Statement of Commitment to Indigenous Australians

  1. Engineers Australia acknowledges and respects Australia's Indigenous peoples as the first occupiers of Australia.
  2. Engineers Australia respects Indigenous Australians, their cultural characteristics, spiritual traditions and stories, their unique connections to land and sea.
  3. Engineers Australia is committed to supporting and promoting initiatives in Indigenous economic development, education, social and heritage rights, and working toward the achievement of mutually beneficial outcomes between Indigenous peoples and our members.
  4. Engineers Australia will attain our commitment by:
  • Working with our members, government agencies and clients to achieve good relationships between Indigenous Australians and our engineering communities.
  • Ensuring that relationships with Indigenous Australians is based on equality, respect, trust, honesty and openness.
  • Contributing to enhanced respect and understanding of cultural diversity within engineering work environments.
  • Working with integrity to actively eliminate racism in the workplace.
  • Ensuring that negotiations undertaken involving our members with Indigenous Australians, Indigenous organisations and native title representative bodies are conducted in good faith, giving recognition to Indigenous rights and consideration of Indigenous needs and issues.
  • Helping to identify initiatives through partnering with educational institutions taking in Indigenous students, to encourage careers and development opportunities in engineering.
  • Actively working to increase the number of Indigenous people permanently employed in the engineering profession.
  • Providing recognition for corporate leadership within the engineering profession and its related businesses, as well as Indigenous communities, for developing appropriate initiatives for contributing to positive impacts on the health, welfare, culture, education and socio-economic status of Indigenous Australians.


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