Policy and advocacy

Publicly advocating for engineers for over 100 years.

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

Our work

Engineers are enthusiastic contributors to public discussions about policy and issues affecting society. Our work is guided by three pillars that aim to realise Australia’s sustainable, skilled and innovative future.

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. 

Have your say 

Below are our open consultations. We encourage you to get in touch and work with us to strengthen the profession’s reputation for impact in public policy.

If you'd like to propose policy work, view our guides for member-delivered policy and advocacy or reach out to your division team.

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

Our approach

We undertake policy and advocacy work that: 

  • Benefits the community, and is in the national interest 
  • Advances the science and practice of engineering, and the profession itself 
  • Supports members to progress local, niche and emerging issues

Our policy and advocacy activities are underpinned by three pillars that focus on increasing Engineers Australia’s influence and impact on realising Australia’s:

Our submissions and reports

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Engineers Australia | October 2021

2021 Targeted Update of ANZSCO Proposed Changes

Engineers Australia appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the Australian Bureau of Statistics on the targeted update of ANZSCO proposed changes. This letter has been developed to assist the ABS with the update by providing comments specific to the areas being reviewed relevant to the engineering profession. 

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Engineers Australia | May 2022

2022-23 ACT Budget submission

Engineers Australia puts forward a table of recommendations to the ACT Government ahead of the release of its 2022-23 Budget.

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Engineers Australia | October 2016

A Statutory Registration Scheme for Victorian Engineers

Engineers Australia would like to thank the Victorian Government for their leadership in advancing registration of engineers in Australia. Engineering is one of the few professions in Australia without a national approach to registration to ensure the qualifications and experience of all practitioners, both national and international, is at the appropriate level for the engineering service delivered.

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Engineers Australia | December 2016

Accreditation framework for competent building certifiers

Engineers Australia's comments on the draft ‘Accreditation Framework’ that would outline the process by which industry schemes are deemed to provide ‘competent practitioners’ in NSW for building certifiers.

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Engineers Australia | September 2016

Advancing Climate Action in Queensland

Engineers Australia's comments on the Queensland Government’s paper on ways to tackle climate change and transition to a low carbon future.