Work is underway on the planning for a new registration scheme for professional engineers.
An information stakeholder forum for engineers, updating them on the professional engineer’s registration scheme, was held yesterday.
The new Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 will initially require structural, civil, mechanical, electrical and fire safety engineers to be registered.
The scheme is due to commence from 1 July 2021 and has been designed to include other engineering disciplines over time.
The scheme recognises the important role engineers have in ensuring public safety in a wide range of areas and will ensure formal registration against internationally recognised professional benchmarks.
Public consultation will occur via Engage Victoria in the first half of 2020, with feedback received during the consultation used by the Department of Justice and Community Safety to help draft the Regulations and supporting Regulatory Impact Statement.
Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria, Sam Jenkin, said yesterday’s forum and the upcoming consultation is an important opportunity for everyone to have their say on how the new scheme can be successfully implemented.
“The Department of Justice and Community Safety thanks the engineering community for their willingness to engage next year.”
This co-regulatory scheme includes assessment entities approved by the Business Licensing Authority (BLA).
Consumer Affairs Victoria and the Victorian Building Authority will support the BLA to register engineers.
Victorians can get updates on the professional engineers' registration scheme, and proposed timelines, on Engage Victoria.