The vast majority of engineers in Victoria support engineer registration. The feedback we have received has consistently pointed to the benefits for community safety, infrastructure quality and value for money that would come from a registration scheme. We asked engineers to share their stories with us, and tell us from an engineer’s perspective why registration is important.

“Engineers play a vital role in society by influencing and improving everyday life. On a daily basis, millions of people entrust their health and personal safety to products and applications that engineers develop, so it is important that they are confident that engineers possess the right knowledge and skills and hold the relevant professional experience. Professional registration demonstrates that engineers have met the standard that gives the public, employers and their clients that confidence.”

M Judge
BEng Hons (Civil), MEng (Const Mgt), Dip Bus (FLM), MBA (Tech Mgt).
MIEAust CPEng NER, MAPEA RPEng (Civil) (Eng. Mgt), MAIPM Reg.PM CPPE, MIPWEA, MLGPro.

“I fully support Professional registration as it provides a recongnised standard for competence and commitment, giving the public, employers and clients confidence in an engineer’s skills.

Engineers play a vital role in society by influencing and improving everyday life. On a daily basis, millions of people entrust their health and personal safety to products and applications that engineers develop, so it is important that they are confident that engineers possess the right knowledge and skills and hold the relevant professional experience. Professional registration demonstrates that engineers have met the standard that gives the public, employers and their clients that confidence.

Registration will allow professional engineering institutions that administer the registration process, to set and maintain recongnised standards of competence and commitment. In my opinion, Registration should be considered a key milestone in every professional engineer’s career.

Professional registration can ultimately provide engineers with recongnised standards of competence that result in enhanced customer confidence, reduced risk by adherence to codes of conduct and a society that has complete confidence in the work that engineers undertake.”

M Judge
BEng Hons (Civil), MEng (Const Mgt), Dip Bus (FLM), MBA (Tech Mgt).
MIEAust CPEng NER, MAPEA RPEng (Civil) (Eng. Mgt), MAIPM Reg.PM CPPE, MIPWEA, MLGPro.

“I am in full support of the proposed Registration of Engineers in Victoria.”

Nathaniel (Nate) Inglis
B. Eng (Electromech), RPEng (Elec)

“I am in full support of the proposed Registration of Engineers in Victoria.

In my 20 years as an Engineer, I have met a multitude of engineers that have been both registered and not.

As an Engineer’s position is one that requires process and safety knowledge; as well as how to apply this knowledge in an ethical way; having non-registered engineers in positions of authority can and will cause major issues with projects. This may include non-compliance with standards; sub-standard designs; budget over-runs (cost and time); safety issues; etc.

Victoria needs to have a Registered Professional Engineers program to prevent this continuing.”

Regards

Nathaniel (Nate) Inglis
B. Eng (Electromech), RPEng (Elec)

“Engineers play a vital role in society by influencing and improving everyday life. On a daily basis, millions of people entrust their health and personal safety to products and applications that engineers develop, so it is important that they are confident that engineers possess the right knowledge and skills and hold the relevant professional experience. Professional registration demonstrates that engineers have met the standard that gives the public, employers and their clients that confidence.”

M Judge
BEng Hons (Civil), MEng (Const Mgt), Dip Bus (FLM), MBA (Tech Mgt).
MIEAust CPEng NER, MAPEA RPEng (Civil) (Eng. Mgt), MAIPM Reg.PM CPPE, MIPWEA, MLGPro.

“I fully support Professional registration as it provides a recongnised standard for competence and commitment, giving the public, employers and clients confidence in an engineer’s skills.

Engineers play a vital role in society by influencing and improving everyday life. On a daily basis, millions of people entrust their health and personal safety to products and applications that engineers develop, so it is important that they are confident that engineers possess the right knowledge and skills and hold the relevant professional experience. Professional registration demonstrates that engineers have met the standard that gives the public, employers and their clients that confidence.

Registration will allow professional engineering institutions that administer the registration process, to set and maintain recongnised standards of competence and commitment. In my opinion, Registration should be considered a key milestone in every professional engineer’s career.

Professional registration can ultimately provide engineers with recongnised standards of competence that result in enhanced customer confidence, reduced risk by adherence to codes of conduct and a society that has complete confidence in the work that engineers undertake.”

M Judge
BEng Hons (Civil), MEng (Const Mgt), Dip Bus (FLM), MBA (Tech Mgt).
MIEAust CPEng NER, MAPEA RPEng (Civil) (Eng. Mgt), MAIPM Reg.PM CPPE, MIPWEA, MLGPro.

“With many billions of dollars of Infrastructure works being delivered and assets managed daily by public service engineers and private sector consulting engineers, the quality and competency of that professional engineering service needs to be at current best practice to deliver value for money, while protecting our community.”

Claudio Cullino
FIEAust CPEng

“With many billions of dollars of Infrastructure works being delivered and assets managed daily by public service engineers and private sector consulting engineers, the quality and competency of that professional engineering service needs to be at current best practice to deliver value for money, while protecting our community.

Registration and/or licencing of engineers occurs in other countries and Australia, as a signatory to the Washington Accord, the process of requiring registration is overdue.

Registration means that professional engineers are required to accept and take greater responsibility for their decisions and actions within their areas of competency. Various jurisdictions around the world encourage public welfare, safety, well-being and other interests of the general public, and to define the process through which an engineer becomes authorised to practice engineering and/or provide engineering professional services to the public.
It’s vital that in cases where public moneys, safety, property or welfare is concerned the final decisions to release product to the public or offering engineering services directly to the public are authorised or approved by only a properly qualified, experienced - registered - engineer.

Registration essentially drives the professional engineer to ensure ongoing competency and the regular auditing of the CPD of registered engineers ensures understanding of the current practice in their respective area of engineering practice. This is the case for other professions such as architects, accountants, licenced surveyors, building practitioners, etc, nationally and for professional engineers in many overseas jurisdictions.

Registration of engineers requires the professional to accept more responsibility and that the engineer is fully accountable for the decisions and recommendations being made.”

Claudio Cullino
FIEAust CPEng

“Most importantly, the public will benefit from the knowledge that engineering decisions affecting their daily lives and safety are being made by registered qualified engineers with demonstrable current professional knowledge.”

Maurice Stabb MBA,
Dip CE, FIEAust CPEng, RPEng, NER

“I have spent four decades working as a Civil Engineer. Over the last two decades I have witnessed de-engineering in the public and private sectors without any apparent concern for the risks and consequences of these actions.

The proposed Victorian engineering registration legislation will bring benefits to the public and private sectors who should be recruiting and retaining qualified, competent and expert engineers for technical positions and in engineering leadership and management roles. It will provide a career path for qualified engineers and ensure that they maintain the currency of their professional development throughout their careers.

Most importantly, the public will benefit from the knowledge that engineering decisions affecting their daily lives and safety are being made by registered qualified engineers with demonstrable current professional knowledge.”

Maurice Stabb
MBA, Dip CE, FIEAust CPEng, RPEng, NER

“This is in the best interests of our general public to ensure that engineering outcomes are the right outcomes.”

A. Lester

I support the registration of engineers, to ensure that the health and safety of our public is maintained by ensuring that engineers are appropriately qualified to complete the work they are charged with. Registration of engineers sets the minimum standards for this in terms of required experience and qualifications, as well as incorporating continuing professional development criteria to ensure that the engineer is maintaining their skill set and developing their skills on an ongoing basis.

``This is in the best interests of our general public to ensure that engineering outcomes are the right outcomes.``

- A. Lester

“Engineers occupy positions of trust and responsibility within the community and by ensuring engineers operate to a high professional and ethical standard, the public’s confidence can be maintained. A registration system for Victoria will ensure that these objectives are met, and the highest standard of engineering practice is achieved.”

Ben Harries
RPEng (Mgt)

“As an engineer working in Local Government, the protection of the public is at the core of what we do.

Engineers occupy positions of trust and responsibility within the community and by ensuring engineers operate to a high professional and ethical standard, the public’s confidence can be maintained.

A registration system for Victoria will ensure that these objectives are met, and the highest standard of engineering practice is achieved.”

Ben Harries RPEng (Mgt)

“Too many non-engineers are doing the complex work that should be performed by qualified, skilled engineers. The over reliance on non-engineers has led to poor project conception, development and delivery, which is de-valuing the profession.”

C. Ho

Engineering work has the potential to cause large scale damage to the society. Engineering standards are not one solution to fit every situation.
A trained and experienced professional engineer is required to safe guard the safety and flexibility of our infrastructure. An experienced technician may apply engineering specifications but over-designed.

Too many non-engineers are doing the complex work that should be performed by qualified, skilled engineers. The over reliance on non-engineers has led to poor project conception, development and delivery, which is de-valuing the profession.

-C. Ho

“A register of Professional Engineers will offer benefits to the public, employers, clients and to the engineers themselves. The confirmation of appropriate professional qualifications is fundamental, but the ongoing Compulsory Professional Development will continue to ensure that our engineers have the experience and training needed in a rapidly changing world of new technologies and challenging environments.”

Helen Phillips
Senior Engineer – Vehicle Investigations
Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering (SE&SE)
Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia RPEng (Mech)

As a professional engineer of over forty years, I fully support the implementation of a directory of qualified, competent and experienced Professional Engineers via a mandatory registration scheme in Victoria, and ultimately across all of Australia.

A register of Professional Engineers will offer benefits to the public, employers, clients and to the engineers themselves. The confirmation of appropriate professional qualifications is fundamental, but the ongoing Compulsory Professional Development will continue to ensure that our engineers have the experience and training needed in a rapidly changing world of new technologies and challenging environments.

Whether an engineer is working on an international project or for a local client, the accreditation scheme will promote competence and professionalism within the engineering workforce and be evident both within Australia and globally. The mandatory registration should prevent inadequate services being offered by unqualified or inexperienced people claiming to be engineers. Additionally, it will give the Australian community confidence in the services offered by Victorian registered engineers, with a mandated minimum level of skills and competency.

I genuinely believe that the compulsory registration of engineers within Victoria (and Australia) is a positive move that strengthens the engineering profession and will improve the level of engineering services available to industry and the community.

Helen Phillips
Senior Engineer – Vehicle Investigations
Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering (SE&SE)
Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia RPEng (Mech)

“The role of engineer is undervalued within Australian workplaces.”

Maurice Stabb MBA,
Dip CE, FIEAust CPEng, RPEng, NER

The role of engineer is undervalued within Australian workplaces.

Staff who hold no engineering qualifications make decisions against the qualified advice of engineers. Whilst they need to be held to account for their decisions - they need to be made aware of their accountability. Whilst registration of engineers is a positive step - ensuring that not engineers can equally face sanction for making engineering decisions will truly raise the status of engineering.

-E. Hardege

“For instance, in NSW teachers must be registered as they develop our social base. The same should apply to engineers who build major infrastructure that supports society.”

D. Spoor

In recent years I have been observing very poor engineering design and advice. I attribute this to a lowering of the bar, both within universities and industry. A registration process would assist in maintaining a suitable threshold.

For instance, in NSW teachers must be registered as they develop our social base. The same should apply to engineers who build major infrastructure that supports society.

- D. Spoor

“Engineer hold the key for community growth and prosperity.”

L. Lightwala

Engineer hold the key for community growth and prosperity.

There are many less qualified people who do Engineering activities that add risks.

This should be stopped especially in consultant position and utility jobs.

-L. Lightwala

“The issue is not only relevant to the critical matter of professional competence, but also to the need for integrity of the professionals.”

D. Moss

Engineers are very heavily involved in public, community and production projects which are not only concerned about outcomes, but equally important, they are frequently and directly concerned with public, community and employee safety.

The issue is not only relevant to the critical matter of professional competence, but also to the need for integrity of the professionals which recognise not only loyalty to the employer but also their higher obligation to the public good.

- D. Moss

“Registration will remove over reaching tradespeople /unaccredited individuals from practising in area's that affect health and safety.”

P. Higgins

I often encounter electrical design work that has been completed by under qualified electricians instead of qualified engineers . This results in poor, unsafe and inefficient project design because they are approaching the problem from a ``this worked before`` scenario rather than assessing the project and determine all the variables to ensure a safe and effective project is delivered.

In one example a incorrectly installed circuit breaker was used because it ``had worked before`` however the operating parameters of the machine had been changed in software and therefore higher load scenarios were possible. If a registered engineer and been used this problem would have been caught and rectified but instead thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours were wasted.

Registration will remove over reaching tradespeople /unaccredited individuals from practising in area's that affect health and safety.

-P. Higgins

“One of the pillars of the modern society is the engineering profession, irrespective of the branch of specialization.”

C. Dinakar

One of the pillars of the modern society is the engineering profession, irrespective of the branch of specialization.

Contributions from the profession has led to a better quality of life for the whole populace in general, with benefits seen in every aspect of life. All the cutting edge improvements in medical field are also a result of the great work that engineers do, be it in prosthetics, materials and composites and every fact of life. Judging by this, the importance of an engineer should be reflected in society by giving them the recognition that is accorded to doctors and lawyers.

C. Dinakar

“I think all engineers need to register and support each other, it’s also a good way of developing a better professional network.”

M. Majid

I have been working as Network engineer, project engineer, Engineering operation manager.

All that time i was not able to convince my employers about the rights and legal requirements for safe work environment and about the appropriate pay scale for engineers. There are so many loop holes in system and employers are taking advantage of it. There is need for a strong governing body to support engineers working in the field and office to make sure they have work life balance.

I think all engineers need to register and support each other, it’s also a good way of developing a better professional network.

M. Majid

“These inefficiencies could have been avoided via the adoption of an accepted industry standard or registration scheme that provides clear definition as to what enables a professional to adopt the title of 'engineer.”

P. Higgins

Last year we conducted a project for a client that required 'engineers' to inspect assets to carry out structural condition assessments. This project was subcontracted out with the stipulated requirement of 'engineers' to conduct the assessment. Many responses to the subcontract tender provided personnel who did not have formal tertiary engineering qualifications.

These may be considered 'valid' as the actual definition of 'engineer' is not well-defined - however, it did not meet the client's intent as they had the view that an 'engineer' should have tertiary qualifications in engineering. The nebulous definition of an 'engineer' created confusion and inefficiencies in the tender process and wasted a significant amount of companies' money and time over simple terminology - the client was forced to submit a clarification as to what was meant by the term 'engineer' to fix the issue but the damage was done.

These inefficiencies could have been avoided via the adoption of an accepted industry standard or registration scheme that provides clear definition as to what enables a professional to adopt the title of 'engineer'.

G. Fisher