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 attended by more than 50 engineers in person and over 300 engineers live streaming online. Watch here



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

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.



By 21 November, the NSW Parliament will debate two bills which, together, can restore public confidence in engineering as a well-regulated profession.

The Government introduced the Design and Building Practitioners Bill.

The Opposition introduced the Professional Engineers Registration Bill.

This is not an either/or situation: the community needs Parliament to agree to BOTH bills to create a robust system.

Now is a wonderful 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


28 Oct: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/nsw/knowing-who-to-blame-is-cold-comfort-to-owners-of-defective-apartments-20191026-p534gw.html 


24 Oct: https://www.miragenews.com/statement-from-jonathan-russell-national-manager-public-affairs/


10 Oct: https://www.hvacrnews.com.au/news/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