Policy and advocacy

Publicly advocating for engineers for over 100 years.

Engineers Australia is the engineering profession’s peak body. As the voice of the profession, an integral part of our role is to publicly advocate on issues that affect the profession and the broader community. We undertake this important work through a structured policy and advocacy program.

Our work

Engineers are enthusiastic contributors to public discussions about policy and issues affecting society. Our work addresses building sector reform, climate change, STEM and diversity, professional indemnity insurance and other issues important to the profession.

We engage with both member and non-member engineers as well as representatives from business, education, government and other experts around Australia. With their input we develop and advance rigorous, evidence-driven policy that reflects the highest professional standards.


Papers, reports and research

Visit our publication library to read our latest discussion papers, policy reports and research.


Our approach

Our External Voice Project is a flagship policy and advocacy strategy that promotes a structured approach to policy development. It supports wide-ranging consultation on important issues to ensure our position reflects the insights and concerns of the profession and of the wider community.

We undertake our advocacy in several ways including submissions to parliamentary inquiries, government policy reviews, media messaging, social media platforms and public campaigns.

Since 2016, we have made more than 140 submissions to government on topics including:

  • building sector reform
  • the role of nuclear power in Australia
  • employment outcomes for migrant engineers
  • national water reform
  • regulation of medical gases and much more.


Our submissions

Read our latest submissions to government.


Have your say

Contributions from our members help shape our work and strengthen the profession’s reputation for impact in public policy.

We encourage members to have a say about issues that are important to the profession. Open consultations are publicised on this page and you can submit a paper online from the EA technical journals page in the publication library.

If you have any questions about our policy and advocacy work, you can email us or call us on 1300 653 113.