The Association of Professional Engineers of Australia (APEA) representatives have met with Mr Adrian Piani yesterday. This meeting is the first of many as the we look to build a working relationship between the Association and the Office of the Chief Engineer. APEA have long advocated for the role of a Chief Engineer to be established at the senior levels of the public and private sector to increase technical competency, improve decision making, and lift the standing of the profession in the ACT.
In April, the ACT Government announced Mr Adrian Piani as the state’s Chief Engineer. In this role, Mr Piani will be providing advice on key projects in the state such as the light rail, hospital upgrades and school capital works programs.
The creation of the role of Chief Engineer was achieved following significant campaigning by Professionals Australia in the ACT and Mr Piani is keen to have an ongoing and productive relationship with members of the Association.
Mr Piani is looking forward to undertaking this role and understands the importance of valuing the engineering within the ACT.
Mr Piani will focus on infrastructure in the ACT and identified more ‘people friendly’ public spaces as a priority across the Territory.
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Part of Mr Piani’s role will be to develop and implement the workforce plan across ACT Public Sector Engineering and to have strong influence across infrastructure works in the Territory.
“The independence of the Chief Engineer position is paramount, and I intend to listen and consult with as many different groups across the ACT as possible,” said Mr Piani.
Professionals Australia was encouraged to find that Mr Piani supports the development of a registration scheme for Engineers in the ACT.
Engineering advice should not be negotiable because decisions in the workplace made without expert engineering input diminish the quality and safety of our communities.
This is an exciting step forward for APEA members as there is scope to continue these conversations with the Chief Engineer over the coming months. The Association has confirmed regular meetings with Mr Piani, and this will be a useful forum to continue to lift the standing of our profession in the ACT.