In Australia, states and territories are responsible for statutory registration of engineers. Statutory registration ensures engineers meet professional conduct, education, training and competency standards.
In general, to become registered you will need to demonstrate you have the benchmarked minimum qualification for a professional engineer and have had a competency assessment for independent practice. The minimum qualification of a professional engineer is a Washington Accord recognised degree or equivalent. View the listing of Australian accredited engineering qualifications (PDF)
The registration requirements are different for each state and territory. Professional engineers must register in each jurisdiction where they plan to practice.
State and territory registration requirements
The information provided is general in nature and does not constitute an exhaustive list of all the registration requirements for engineers or legal advice. Further information can be obtained from the relevant authority in each state and territory. It is important that you satisfy yourself that you meet all of the registration requirements in the state or territory relevant to your practice.
The Australian Capital Territory does not require engineers to be registered to practise.
NSW Fair Trading registers design practitioners and professional engineers under the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020.
Many engineers in NSW do not need to be registered. If you are a professional engineer who works on class 2 buildings or buildings with a class 2 part, you may need to be registered.
Obtaining a certificate of competency from Engineers Australia
Some registration applicants may be required to attach a certificate of competency provided by Engineers Australia. You can find information about whether you need an Engineers Australia certificate of competency on the NSW Fair Trading website.
If you require a certificate of competency from Engineers Australia, you will have to undergo one of four specific competency assessments.
- Find out more about the requirements
- Apply for a competency assessment
- Apply for knowledge and skills assessment Design Practitioner (Vertical Transport)
The Building Practitioners Board administers the registration of engineers. Registration is restricted to the building industry and certain areas of engineering.
For more information, including the areas of engineering that require registration, visit the Building Practitioners Board.
The Board of Professional Engineers Queensland (BPEQ) administers the registration of engineers. Engineers Australia is an approved assessment entity for the BPEQ.
Engineers Australia offers two competency assessments leading to registration as a Registered Professional Engineer Queensland (RPEQ):
If you are a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) or registered on the National Engineering Register (NER) as a Professional Engineer, you automatically qualify for a letter of assessment from Engineers Australia. You can download your letter of assessment from MyPortal.
You will need your letter of assessment when making an application to become registered with BPEQ.
For more information on registration in Queensland, including the areas of engineering that require registration, visit the BPEQ website.
South Australia does not require engineers to be registered to practise.
The Tasmanian Government Consumer, Building and Occupational Services administers the registration of engineers. Registration is restricted to the building industry and certain areas of engineering.
For more information, including the areas of engineering that require registration, visit the CBOS website.
If you work in the Victorian building industry in one of the five prescribed areas of engineering you must be registered now to continue legally providing professional engineering services, unless you are working under the direct supervision of a registered engineer or are only working in accordance with a prescriptive standard.
Mandatory registration for all other professional engineers will be phased in between now and 1 December 2023 based on the five prescribed areas of engineering.
Engineers Australia recommends that engineers apply for assessment at least five months prior to the date by which they are required to be registered to ensure that they can continue to provide professional engineering services in Victoria. This allows six to eight weeks to gain an assessment from Engineers Australia and three months for the Business Licensing Authority (BLA) to process the application (as recommended by BLA). More information on the phase-in timeline can be found at Consumer Affairs Victoria.
Applying for assessment
Engineers Australia is an approved assessment entity for the Victorian Government’s Professional Engineers Registration Scheme.
The above guidance includes:
- How to obtain a Victorian BLA Assessment Letter if you are an Engineers Australia member who holds CPEng status or NER registration.
- How to obtain a Victorian BLA Assessment Letter if you are not a member of Engineers Australia.
- How to obtain a Building Endorsement through Engineers Australia.
- How to contact us for further information on assessment pathways.
The guidance from Consumer Affairs Victoria will help you determine if and when you’ll be required to register based on the phase-in timing on the scheme.
The requirement for professional engineers delivering a professional engineering service in the building industry is to be registered from 1 July 2021, unless working under the direct supervision of a registered engineer.
Important note regarding mutual recognition: If you are currently registered under a mandatory statutory registration scheme for professional engineers in another Australian state or territory (e.g. RPEQ) or New Zealand, you should contact Consumer Affairs Victoria for advice on mutual recognition of your existing registration.
Western Australia does not require engineers to be registered to practise.
The Western Australian Government is proposing to amend the Building Services (Registration) Regulations 2011 (WA) to require engineers to be registered to carry out building engineering work.
View Engineers Australia's submission (PDF) to the Western Australia Government’s Consultation Regulation Impact Statement Registration of Building Engineers in WA .
Mutual recognition law is set by the Mutual Recognition Act 1992, which entitles an individual who is registered as an engineer in one state to be registered as an engineer in another. For example, an engineer already registered in Queensland would still need to apply for registration in Victoria, but mutual recognition means that the initial assessment of a person’s eligibility for registration as an engineer may only need to happen once for practise in both states.
Engineers who believe they qualify for mutual recognition should contact the registering body in the state they wish to be registered in.
For more information on mutual recognition, read Engineers Australia’s overview on registration of engineers (PDF).