Statutory registration

Registration of engineers is determined by the respective states and territories.

Engineers Australia is now accepting assessment applications for Victorian registration and competency assessment applications for New South Wales. 

Get assessed for New South Wales

Get assessed for Victoria

About registration

Within the federal structure of Australian Government, registration of engineers is determined by the respective states and territories. Currently statutory registration of engineers is restricted to professional engineers.

If you are a professional engineer, you are required to register in each state individually where a registration scheme exists. It is important to note that the precise scope of registration in each jurisdiction is different and even if you do not reside in a particular state, if you are providing engineering services to that state, you still may require registration there.

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.

NER Direct and Chartered are competency assessments for independent 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.

30 July 2021

Following the commencement of the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020, the New South Wales Government has released a guide detailing five key changes in the Act and how they apply to engineering and construction works. 

1 July 2021

Registration for professional engineers has now come into effect and many practitioners working on class 2 buildings and buildings with a class 2 component in NSW have new obligations under the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020.

Engineers Australia is a registered assessment entity. 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 information on the requirements: NSW Registration under the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 | Engineers Australia

Eligibility criteria for Professional Engineers | NSW Fair Trading

Certificates of Competency

Engineers Australia is now accepting applications from engineers who are required to lodge a Certificate of Competency to NSW Fair Trading with their application for registration. Visit our NSW Registration page for further information on application requirements.

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):

    1. NER Direct – open to non-members and members.
    2. Chartered – open to members only.

    If you are a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), you automatically qualify for a letter of assessment from Engineers Australia. You can download your letter of assessment from MyPortal.

    If you are registered on the National Engineering Register (NER) in the occupational category of Professional Engineer, you also qualify for a letter of assessment. You can download your letter of assessment from MyPortal.

    You will need your letter of assessment when making an application to become an RPEQ with the Board of Professional Engineers Queensland.

    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.

    1 July 2021

    The Professional Engineers Registration Act (2019) has now commenced in Victoria. 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 5 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 6-8 weeks to gain an assessment from Engineers Australia and 3 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 on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.

    You can also join the Consumer Affairs Victoria mailing list to receive up-to-date information on Victorian registration directly to your email inbox.

    Assessment

    Engineers Australia is approved assessment entity for the Victorian Government’s Professional Engineers Registration Scheme.

    Find out how to get assessed (PDF)

    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.

    More information

    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 (eg 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

    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. In simple terms, an engineer already registered in Queensland (for example) would still need to apply for registration in Victoria and usually pay a registration fee, but mutual recognition means that the initial assessment of a person’s eligibility for registration as an engineer would only need to happen once, which helps to keep the cost of registration in more than one state for an individual down.

    Engineers who believe they qualify for mutual recognition should contact the registering body in the state they wish to be registered in.

    More information

    Registration of engineers: an overview

    Enquiries

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