Media release – 23 July, 2020
Professionals Australia has welcomed the Barr government’s commitment to introducing an engineer registration scheme for the ACT in the coming term of government if elected.
Dale Beasley, Director at Professionals Australia – ACT Branch said the Barr government’s announcement would enhance public safety, reduce economic waste and bring the ACT into line with similar engineer registration schemes already operating in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
“Today’s announcement by the Barr government that it will implement an engineer registration scheme if elected will ensure that the ACT does not become a destination of last resort for thousands of unqualified engineers who can no longer practice on the east coast.
“Canberrans would be shocked to learn that currently, the ACT does not already have a system that ensures engineers are properly qualified or that their skills are kept up to date. “It’s an extraordinary regulatory loophole that does not exist in other professions which impact on public safety like electricians, plumbers and architects.
“The introduction of an engineer registration scheme will ensure that only properly qualified and skilled engineers are permitted to work in the ACT, enhancing safety and reducing economic waste associated with cost overruns and delays due to poor scoping.
Mr Beasley said that the Gungahlin Drive Extension bridge collapse in 2010 demonstrated the importance of ensuring only properly qualified engineers are able to work in the Territory. “The investigation into the Gungahlin Drive Extension bridge collapse found a litany of structural and planning failures led to the accident which injured 14 people.
“With more than $3 billion flagged for infrastructure spending over the next four years, including new schools, healthcare facilities, public housing and transport, the next ACT Government has much to lose if it fails to get this right.
“That’s why we’re calling on the ACT Greens, Canberra Liberals and all candidates to commit to implementing an engineer registration scheme in the next term of government if elected. “The people of the ACT deserve the safety and economic benefit that an engineer registration scheme will deliver.”
Media contact: Darren Rodrigo – 0414 783 405 Dale Beasley is available for interview and comment.