Engineer registration will save lives and billions in NSW
The Association of Professional Engineers (APEA) has applauded NSW Labor’s commitment to implement a registration scheme for engineers if elected to government.
The CEO of the APEA, Chris Walton said that registration for engineers will save lives and billions of taxpayer’s moneys in NSW.
“We have seen lives lost and money wasted throughout Australia due to poor engineering.
“The Thredbo Landslide, the Lane Cove Tunnel Collapse – to name just a couple – are etched in the memory of the State.
“Human tragedies must be prevented, and that starts with making sure engineers are qualified to do their jobs” Mr Walton said.
Mr Walton also identified research which demonstrated massive cost over-runs in infrastructure in Australia due to the poor scope and design of major projects.
“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.
“The light rail project has been a debacle, with not enough time dedicated to scope, design or planning” Mr Walton said.
The Victorian and ACT governments are in the process of introducing legislation which would see those States have engineer registration schemes which align with Queensland’s long-established scheme. Industry has welcomed these moves.
“We have to invest in, protect and value the profession” Mr Walton said. “Australia imports more than two-thirds of its engineering workforce, with engineers on sponsored visas not subject to checks of qualifications.”
“Allowing engineering 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.
“A registration scheme in NSW will align us with major trading partners, the rest of the eastern seaboard and make NSW a safer, stronger State”. Mr Walton said.
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