| 15 September 2023

Assessment deadline for VIC mechanical engineering registration coming up

From 1 December 2023 mechanical professional engineers practising in Victoria will need to be registered, including engineers living in other states and territories but working on projects based in Victoria. 

Engineers Australia recommends engineers begin the registration process as soon as possible. We suggest you complete the first step of applying for a competency assessment by September 2023 at the latest. 

Engineers Australia is running a free webinar on Victorian mechanical engineering registration on Thursday 21 September. You’ll learn who needs to be registered and what you need to do to get there. Attendees will also be able to ask Engineers Australia’s team of experts any questions about the assessment and registration process. 

Keep an eye out in Engineering News or visit our Victorian assessment page for another webinar in October.

The registration process 

Registration of engineers in Victoria is carried out by the Business Licensing Authority (BLA), however first an applicant must be assessed by an approved entity, of which Engineers Australia is one. 

The assessment process has two components: 

  1. an 'Entry to Practice' assessment to determine the adequacy or otherwise of the applicant’s qualifications. 
  2. an 'independent practice' assessment to determine the acceptability or otherwise of the applicant’s experience and competency.   

Engineers Australia recommends engineers start the registration process at least three months prior to the date by which they are required to be registered. This will help to ensure you can continue to provide professional engineering services in Victoria. 

It will allow six to eight weeks to gain an assessment from Engineers Australia, and 28 days for the BLA to process the application (as recommended by BLA). 

What are the implications of not being registered? 

From 1 December 2023 there will be serious implications for anyone attempting to provide professional mechanical engineering services in Victoria without registration. 

If you are not registered, you will either need to work under the direct supervision of a registered engineer or only work in accordance with a prescriptive standard to not commit an offence under the legislation. 

Engineers Australia has further information on getting assessed for Victorian registration