Dear Mr Rich-Phillips
The Engineer Registration Bill will soon come before the Legislative Council.
We want to make sure that debate on this important legislation is properly informed, so that politics does not come before community safety, local industry and the Victorian economy.
We are aware that there a small handful of engineers who oppose this legislation. While you might well have been contacted by some, we have been supported by literally hundreds of members and non-members, who have asked us to advocate for the interest of the profession. That is our role as professional associations. Between the engineering associations that support the introduction of a registration scheme for engineers in Victoria, we have thousands of members in active support of the legislation before the Legislative Council.
In a recent survey of over 500 engineers, nearly 80% said they support registration. A profession calling for itself to be regulated is rare indeed: but this is exactly what has been happening in engineering for decades. Support among engineers for registration is underpinned by their commitment to raise the standing and protecting the reputation of the profession, and to safeguarding the community.
Further, in an independent poll we commissioned through Omnipoll, 93% of the community support the registration of engineers.