Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019

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In the first half of 2020, the Victorian public and engineering sector will be able to give their feedback online on the proposed regulations for the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 (the Act).

As part of the consultation process, a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) will be available to the community for comment. The RIS assesses the costs and benefits of the regulations.

Further information about the progress of the scheme will be available at Engage Victoria. We will provide more details on the consultations in early 2020.

You can also stay informed by subscribing to the Professional Engineer Registration Scheme updates.

Background

The Professional Engineers Registration Bill 2019 was passed in the Victorian Parliament on 27 August 2019.

The Victorian Government is implementing a mandatory registration scheme for engineers commencing on 1 July 2021.

The Act will require engineers who are providing professional services, or who are exporting professional engineering services from Victoria, to be registered.

The Victorian scheme ensures certain engineering services are provided by engineers who:

  • have a minimum level of qualification, experience and professional development; or
  • are supervised by a professional registered engineer.

This will enable the community and government to engage engineering services with greater confidence.

The scheme will begin by registering the following areas of engineering:

  • civil
  • structural
  • fire safety
  • electrical
  • mechanical.

The co-regulator model of registration will include assessment entities approved by the Business Licensing Authority (BLA). An assessment entity will be a professional organisation approved by the BLA to assess the qualifications and competencies of engineers seeking registration in an identifiable area of engineering.

Consumer Affairs Victoria and the Victorian Building Authority will support the BLA.