Engineering a Better Future is about better recognising and respecting the work that engineers do and lifting the standing of the profession through specific reforms in the workplace, and in terms of government policy.
For too long the engineering profession hasn’t had a proper place at the government decision making table; this affects outcomes and blocks innovation, while increasing project waste and costs, and impacting engineers’ abilities to deliver timely delivery, safety and quality outcomes.
We’ve long advocated for the role of Chief Engineer to be created at senior levels of the public and private sector to increase technical competency, improve decision making and lift the standing of the profession.
We’re delighted that the ACT government has heard the voice of PA members. Recently Mick Gentleman MLA, Minister for Planning and Land Management announced the appointment of Mr George Tomlins to the role of Chief Engineer. Mr Tomlins will act in this role for an initial six-month period and has the important task of working with stakeholders to design an ongoing, long term Chief Engineer role. Both minister Gentleman and Mr Tomlins welcome the ongoing involvement of PA members in this process.
ACT officials and members recently met with Minister Gentleman and Mr Tomlins to discuss EABF.
Pictured from left to right: Thasan Muthurajan (member), Mick Gentleman MLA (Minister), Dale Beasley (Director, ACT) and Gabriel Joseph (PA Member)
Members feel strongly that the Chief Engineer needs to be a position with teeth. The Chief Engineer must have the seniority and resources available to ensure that skilled people make informed decisions about technical issues; ensuring the ACT government is an informed purchaser.
PA members look forward to continuing to work with the minister and Mr Tomlins to bring this vision for the role of Chief Engineer to life.