Build a safer Victoria and take the politics out of community safety.

There is legislation before the Victorian parliament which will establish a registration scheme for engineers in Victoria.  This will be a landmark achievement for engineers in Victoria, and help improve community safety, build Victorian industry and raise the standing of engineers.

Despite their Leader committing to support the legislation, the Liberals will now oppose it.  That means we need the support of minor party MPs in the Legislative Council.

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Ten Reasons for Registration

  1. The Victorian Government was elected with a mandate to deliver registration for engineers, to improve community safety, build a stronger industry and improve the standing of the profession.
  2. Community safety depends on capable, qualified engineers, and registration helps protect standards and promote competence.
  3. Currently the community has no effective way of knowing whether they are dealing with a qualified, competent engineer who maintains standards through ongoing professional development.
  4. The last, independent Cost-Benefit-Analysis showed that engineer registration delivered real tangible economic benefits by preventing engineering failure.
  5. At a time of record infrastructure investment, we have to protect and build local industry, and leverage this boom to build a thriving local engineering sector which can export services to the world.
  6. Some large firms who oppose registration simply want to continue offshoring engineering work, costing the Victorian economy hundreds of millions of dollars and damaging local engineers’ careers.
  7. We need to keep building an engineering profession in Victoria, so we can be a services exporter to the world.
  8. Registration of professionals protect their standing in the community, through preventing poor practice or unqualified people doing engineers work. There will be increased consumer confidence in the services that engineers offer, bringing engineers into line with other professions.
  9. Registration will raise the standing of the profession, by providing it the status of a government recognised registration scheme, like doctors, architects, lawyers.
  10. With rapid change it is essential professional engineers keep up to date through continuing CPD.

In Victoria, the time to start registering engineers is now.

The government was elected with a mandate deliver a mandatory engineer registration system.   We are now undergoing an infrastructure boom in Victoria, and we have to make sure work is performed safely, on time, and on budget.  During the last construction boom, we saw cost over-runs average 20% – which amounts to billions wasted.  Qualified, competent engineers can get projects right from the start. Allowing this work to be done overseas, or by engineers who aren’t competent puts community safety and taxpayer investment at risk and misses the chance to build a vibrant, world-class local industry.

The legislation at a glance

A co-regulatory model for engineering registration

  • The community benefits from improved safety.
  • Industry benefits from knowing they are engaging suitably qualified engineers.
  • Victoria benefits from ensuring we harness our investment to build local industry.
  • The integrity and standing of the engineering professions is protected and enhanced.

How will it work

The Bill requires that engineers who work in certain areas of engineering will be required to be registered, unless they work under the direct supervision of a registered engineer, or the work is in accordance with a prescriptive standard, as defined in the legislation.

The Bill aims to:

  • Promote best practice in the provision of professional engineering services;
  • Ensure that professional engineering services are provided only by suitably qualified and experienced engineers;
  • Authorise a registered engineer to be engaged in the building industry; and
  • Provide appropriate protection to consumers of professional engineering services provided by registered engineers.

The Business Licensing Authority (BLA) will register applicants if satisfied the applicants meet certain eligibility requirements, including that the applicant meets certain qualification and experience requirements set out in an assessment scheme.  The assessment of qualifications and experience will be carried out by assessment entities, approved to do so under the co-regulatory model.

Engineers who are engaged in the building industry and who wish to perform certain functions under the Building Act 1993 will be required to hold an endorsement, which will be recommended by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA).  Where a registered engineer has an endorsement, the VBA will rely on disciplinary and entry powers under the Building Act 1993 in relation to the endorsement; and

In other cases, the Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) will be the lead regulator and rely on entry powers in the Bill, along with applied provisions of the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012.  Disciplinary proceedings will generally be conducted by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) on application by the Director of CAV (the Director).

Engineers Registration Bill 2018

During the development of the engineers registration scheme, the Department of Treasury and Finance has consulted the engineering profession, industry stakeholders and across the public sector through stakeholder meetings, roundtable discussions and the release of a public consultation paper. The consultation process has provided valuable feedback and informed key design aspects of the proposed registration scheme.

The Engineers Registration Bill 2018 is currently being considered by the Victorian Parliament. There will be further consultation on a number of important elements of the scheme, which will be subject to a regulatory impact statement (RIS). Public consultation and a public RIS process will commence after the Bill passes the Upper House.

For any questions that are not resolved through the Frequently Asked Questions, queries can be sent to information@dtf.vic.gov.au.

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