NSW engineer registration

Our Members support compulsory registration of all engineers.

Opal Tower and Mascot Towers shocked governments into creating reforms to professional standards and the building sector. But engineers do more than design and construct buildings.

Our Members and the community support compulsory registration of professional engineers working across all industries in NSW.

This was the strong message communicated at a members meeting in Newcastle on Tuesday 22 October, 2019 attended by more than 50 engineers in person and over 300 engineers live streaming online. Complete the form to watch it here

The last member event was on 13 February in Tamworth, watch it here



It’s time for the NSW Government to recognise the value of our profession



Real-life examples highlighting the need for a statutory registration scheme across all engineering industries

What does Engineers Australia want?

  1. To secure public confidence in the engineering profession by implementing a government-run register of engineers that is modelled on what is in operation in QLD and has recently been introduced for Victoria.
  2. We need a nationally coordinated system - we don't want red tape from different standards in every state. 
  3. Professional bodies should be appointed to conduct assessments on individuals’ qualifications and experience to keep costs low. 
  4. Registration should apply to anyone who provides professional engineering services (unless if working under the supervision of a registered engineer, or if only applying a prescriptive standard or instructions).


Trust - The community trusts engineering without realising it.

The buildings we live in. The bridges we drive across. The technology we rely on every day.

We trust that they are safe and will work as they are designed to. Rarely do we realise how much of the world we inhabit was created by engineers.

When trust is unconscious, it’s even more important to protect the integrity of engineering practice.


Reform cannot stop with only the building sector.

Opal Tower and Mascot Towers shocked governments into creating reforms to professional standards in the building sector.

But reform cannot stop with just one industry.

In NSW, engineers are instrumental to delivery of the Government’s State Infrastructure Strategy and maintaining its $300 billion asset base, meeting the NSW commitment to net zero emissions by 2050, and creating the future of industry through technology innovation.

In the absence of regulation for engineering in NSW, anyone can purport to be an engineer and provide engineering services without appropriate competencies and with disregard to standards.



Since October 2019, the NSW Parliament has been considering two bills which, together, can restore public confidence in engineering as a well-regulated profession.

The Government introduced the Design and Building Practitioners Bill, which is currently before the Legislative Council (upper house) awaiting further debate. Read more.  

The Opposition introduced the Professional Engineers Registration Bill, which is currently the subject of a Legislative Assembly (lower house) committee inquiry. Read more 

This is not an either/or situation: the community needs Parliament to pass two Bills—one to reform the building sector more broadly, and another to provide a comprehensive registration scheme for engineers. That is what will create a robust system.

Now is the perfect opportunity for the politicians on Macquarie street to demonstrate an ability to work together in the interests of the people of NSW.


Have your say!

Add your voice by contacting your local member.


24 Feb 2020 - 'The game's changed': NSW building boss set for extra powers to launch construction crackdown


28 Oct: Knowing who to blame is cold comfort to owners of defective apartments


23 Oct: Statement from Jonathan Russell, National Manager, Public Affairs


10 Oct: A halfway solution for NSW?


4 Oct: https://www.2gb.com/there-must-be-compulsory-registration-of-engineers-in-nsw/


4 Oct:  https://architectureau.com/articles/nsw-braft-bill/


3 Oct: https://insuranceandrisk.com.au/engineers-australia-lays-into-proposed-reforms-for-the-nsw-building-sector/


3 Oct: https://www.insurancenews.com.au/daily/nsw-consults-on-building-reform-bill


2 Oct: https://www.thefifthestate.com.au/business/government/nsw-building-reforms-in-the-works-but-not-everyone-is-happy/


2 Oct: https://www.therealestateconversation.com.au/news/2019/10/02/proposed-nsw-building-reforms-do-not-address-deeper-issues-engineers-australia


2 Oct: https://www.createdigital.org.au/proposed-nsw-building-construction-reforms-inadequate-experts-say/


20 Sept: https://www.afr.com/property/residential/nsw-releases-draft-rules-to-register-certifiers-20190930-p52wai


18 Jul: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/pm/federal-state-building-ministers-meet-amid-growing-crisis/11322952


27 Jun: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jun/27/recommendations-from-opal-tower-debacle-not-acted-on-engineers-say


18 Jun: https://www.createdigital.org.au/mascot-towers-damage-exposes-flaws-in-building-industry-regulations/


16 Jun: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6219222/mascot-towers-remains-vacant-after-cracks/?cs=14264


16 March: https://www.createdigital.org.au/engineers-registration-nsw-detail/


22 Feb: https://www.createdigital.org.au/opal-tower-lessons-apply-critical-engineering-disciplines/


21 Jan: https://www.createdigital.org.au/opal-tower-symptom-significant-concerning-problems-australias-building-industry/


27 Dec 18: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/dec/27/sydney-opal-tower-crack-highlights-industrys-shell-be-right-attitude-experts-say