Engineers Australia welcomes historic mandatory registration bill

Engineers Australia Victorian President Alesha Printz says the Association has been working closely with the Victorian Government on the legislation.
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Engineers Australia welcomes historic mandatory registration bill

Engineers in Victoria will be required to undergo mandatory registration under a new Bill introduced by the Andrews Labor Government.

The historic Engineers Registration Bill will ensure Victorian engineers providing professional services meet the highest safety and qualification standards expected of the profession.

Engineers Australia Victorian President Alesha Printz says the Association has been working closely with the Victorian Government on the legislation.

‘This Bill provides a legislative framework that will give the community, policymakers and industry confidence that engineers working in Victoria meet a strict set of professional standards and have the qualifications expected of being an engineer.’

‘Registration of engineers is vital to accountability and safety standards within the profession. It will help determine that engineers have the adequate skills and competency to undertake complex projects including around infrastructure and fire safety.

‘At the moment in Victoria, anybody can call themselves an engineer with little accountability. Mandatory registration will put an end to this,’ Ms Printz said.

Five areas of engineering practice will be included in the Bill of Registrations:

  • Civil
  • Structural
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Fire Safety

Ms Printz said the Bill will be of significant benefit to the profession -  and more importantly for the wider community. She called for bipartisan support. 

Engineers Australia hopes other states and territories will follow Victoria’s lead, citing benefits of reduced risk to community safety, legislative efficiency and consumer protection.

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