Engineers Australia welcomes Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government’s decision in establishing a mandatory registration scheme for professional engineers.
The Professional Engineers Bill 2022, introduced in the ACT Legislative Assembly, will bring the ACT into line with other Australian states and territories that have introduced/are introducing similar engineer registration schemes.
Initially, the scheme will only apply to five areas of engineering but may later be expanded. The areas proposed in the current scheme are civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and fire safety engineering.
Engineers Australia CEO Romilly Madew AO said the new laws would be a significant step forward for the territory.
“Governments around Australia are attempting to reduce the risks of buildings being evacuated or left uninhabitable and infrastructure like bridges and roads being unsafe. Registering engineers is a critical part of tackling this problem.” says Engineers Australia CEO Romilly Madew AO.
One of the main benefits of registering engineers in the building sector in the ACT is to reduce the risk to public health, safety, and welfare. There are also economic benefits, particularly with today’s supply and skills constraints, in more efficient use of materials and less rectification work.
“Engineers are trusted daily by the community, often without realising how much is created by them. The buildings we live in and the infrastructure we use daily relies on engineering skills to make them a reality,” says Engineers Australia CEO Romilly Madew AO.
“Most engineers provide their services competently and ethically. However, the title ‘engineer’ is unrestricted and has become a generic term. Without registration, anyone can claim to be an engineer and provide engineering services without the appropriate qualifications and competencies,” says Engineers Australia CEO Romilly Madew AO.
“We thank Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction Rebecca Vassarotti and the ACT Government for their commitment to improving building standards and look forward to working with them to develop the regulations,” says Engineers Australia CEO Romilly Madew AO.
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