MESSAGE FROM GORDON BROCK, DIRECTOR PROFESSIONALS AUSTRALIA, NSW
NSW Labor leader Michael Daley made time in his busy election campaign schedule yesterday to meet with Professionals Australia and the Local Government Engineers Australia (LGEA) to discuss our Engineering a Better Future campaign.
The alternative NSW Premier reiterated his party’s commitment to implement a mandatory registration system for engineers across the state – consistent with the Queensland and Victorian schemes – if his party is successful in this month’s state election. He also thanked Professionals Australia for strongly advocating for the reform and bringing the issue to his party’s attention through the Engineering a Better Future campaign.
Labor’s commitment to engineer registration shows what can be achieved when we band together in numbers and argue for reforms which will make a positive difference to the lives of people in NSW. A registration scheme will lift the standing of the engineering profession and help to ensure the effective delivery of safe and fit for purpose infrastructure to the community.
The meeting follows Labor’s original announcement in November 2018 on its support for an Engineer Registration system, you can read the press release here.
Unfortunately, while the current Government has shifted its policy position to embrace registration for engineers involved in the building industry, they have not at this stage agreed to legislate registration for the rest of the engineering sector. This means that people carrying out work on projects including our major infrastructure – roads, rail, bridges, energy system, water infrastructure and so on will remain unregulated.
We believe that this regulatory gap will be unworkable and that the community will continue to bear significant safety risk and unnecessary financial burden unless the loophole is closed. We have recently written to both the Premier here and the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Matt Kean here to call on them to adopt the reforms as part of our continuing efforts to secure bipartisan support for this necessary policy.
Director, Professionals Australia NSW