A huge amount of work has been undertaken in the Victoria Division to Advance the science and practice of engineering during 2018. Thank you to the office bearers and staff for their tremendous effort – much of which has gone on behind the scenes to make the year a success.
Victoria’s first Chief Engineer, Dr Collette Burke was announced early in the year and we contributed to her inaugural State of Engineering report. The report drew on statistics from our national State of the Engineering Profession Report 2017, and we proudly funded a graduate position to support and work with Dr Burke.
We have many achievements to celebrate in 2018, each linking to the organisation’s strategic priorities. Here is a brief summary of the highlights:
Provide a professional home for life:
In Victoria alone, we delivered more than 200 Professional Development events and nearly 9,000 CPD hours in 2018. We catered for engineers across the breadth of the profession – with a huge array of events hosted by our 40 local committees of Colleges, Special Interest Groups, Technical Societies and Regional Groups.
Renowned Australian business person and entrepreneur Naomi Simson headlined our International Women’s Day lunch in March. The event provided a valuable opportunity to recognise and celebrate diversity in our profession, with more than 900 attendees.
Create Tomorrow's Engineers
For students and graduates just embarking on their engineering careers, the Elevation Event provided career advice, keynote presentations, graduate panels and networking opportunities. 100 young and aspiring engineers attended this sell-out evening where 35 companies participated - all of whom said they’d love to participate in the future!
Uphold Professional Standards
Two celebrations were held to induct 125 new Fellows and 72 EngExec and recognise them as leaders in our profession. In addition, 513 members, including 4 Technologists and 67 Associates received Chartered status bring Victoria’s Chartered Engineering workforce to 3,713 including 17 Technologists and 125 Associates.
We hosted two major awards events: the Australia Construction Achievement Awards and the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards. We were proud to see a Victorian project, the Webb Dock East International Container Terminal (AECOM Australia Pty Ltd, Victoria International Container Terminal Limited and Advanced Consulting Services Pty Ltd) go on to win an Australian Engineering Excellence Award in the category of infrastructure.
Be the Trusted Voice of the Profession
Our public voice has been strong and effective, evidenced by the recent commitment by the Victorian Labour Party to reintroduce the Engineers Registration Bill.
Our commentary in mainstream media has cut through and covered numerous issues from the skills shortage, to diversity and reaction to mega infrastructure project announcements during the election campaign.
We provided speakers to the Australian Financial Review’s Infrastructure Summit and events hosted by Roads Australia, Australian Water Association and Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute.
To ensure our voice is heard with policy makers we also held a number of Ministerial Roundtables with politicians of both major parties.
2019: Celebrating our Centenary
The highlight of next year will be the delivery of WEC2019, the World Engineers Convention. The Victoria Division will support this with an exciting program of events, and we look forward to delivering a program that will support the organisation’s strategic priorities and provide thought provoking ideas, innovation and value for our members.