The Western Australian Government has gazetted regulations for building engineers' registration, intended to come into effect on 1 July 2024.
Building engineers, technologists and associates will need to be registered with the Building Services Board to undertake building engineering work in the state.
Engineers Australia’s WA General Manager Susan Kreemer Pickford says Engineers Australia welcomes the requirement for registration of building engineers in WA.
“Registration of engineers will help improve engineering work in Western Australia and therefore, help consumer confidence. With a building engineering registry Western Australians will know the engineers they are employing maintain high standards and are appropriately qualified,” she says.
There will be two stages for registration.
The first will be registration of structural and fire safety building engineers from 1 July 2024.
Second will be registration of civil and mechanical building engineers from 1 July 2025.
Engineers will have a two-year transition phase for each stage during which they may continue to do work unregistered.
The Western Australian Government has compiled a fact sheet for engineers to learn exactly how the implementation of registration will work and what the requirements will be.
“This is a really positive step forward for engineers in Western Australia however, Engineers Australia would like to see engineering registration rolled out in other sectors beyond building,” Ms Kreemer Pickford says.
“We will continue to advocate for nationally consistent registration across all areas of engineering.”
The Western Australian Government now has a page dedicated to information on the legislative requirements for building engineers.