What is Engineers Australia?


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About Engineers Australia

Engineers Australia (also known as The Institution of Engineers Australia, IEAust or EA) is a professional body and not-for-profit organisation dedicated to being the national forum for the advancement of the engineering field within Australia and a member of Washington Accord.

Engineers Australia provides

  • Program accreditation
  • Migration Skills Assessment
  • Professional development
  • Chartered Status for Engineers

The History of Engineers Australia

Engineers Australia was founded in 1919. Professor William Warren from the University of Sydney became the first President of Engineers Australia, after being elected during the first Council meeting. In 1938 Engineers Australia was granted a Royal Charter by King George the Sixth. As of 2017, the organization has around 100,000 members in nine geographic Divisions and five international chapters from all engineering disciplines. 20,000 members are Chartered Engineers.

Membership Grades


Undergraduate students studying an accredited or recognised Australian course in engineering can apply for free student membership.

Apply for free student membership here


If you hold an accredited Australian qualification in engineering, you may be eligible to join as a Graduate Member in your occupational category.

Please check that your qualification is accredited by Engineers Australia by viewing the list of accredited programs.


The grade of Member is open to those who hold an Engineers Australia accredited or recognised Australian tertiary qualification in engineering, and have gained at least 3 years of postgraduate experience in the engineering industry.


As a Fellow of Engineers Australia you will be recognised as being amongst the true leaders of the industry and profession.

Fellow membership grades include Fellow (FIEAust), Technologist Fellow (TFIEAust) and Associate Fellow (AFIEAust).

Affiliate and Companion

Affiliate membership of Engineers Australia is open to those who are not eligible for Student, Graduate, Member or Fellow grades.

You may have completed a qualification; have an active interest in the engineering profession; are a member of a technical society; or have attained a level of industry experience.

Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA)

Engineers Australia has established mutual recognition agreements with Institutions around the world through which a member of such a body, on application, will be accorded an equivalent level of membership in Engineers Australia and vice versa.

In some cases, the agreements cover more than one grade of membership and occupational category.

Chartered Engineer

The award of Chartered Engineer Status is exclusive to Engineers Australia.

Chartered Status is open to those in the Member, Fellow and Honorary Fellow grades of each occupational category.

Grade of Honorary Fellow

A person who has rendered conspicuous service to the profession of engineering or is eminent in engineering or an allied science, or is a distinguished person whom the Council desires to honour, either for having rendered conspicuous service to the Australian people or in recognition of outstanding achievement. 

Engineers Australia is the largest and most diverse body of engineers in Australia.

Engineers Australia is the designated authority for assessing skills and competencies related to engineering occupations in Australia.

Engineers Australia works with the Department of Home Affairs, migration agents and international organisations to develop streamlined migration skills assessment procedures for engineers.

If you need to assess your engineering qualifications, you first need to read the Migration Skills Assessment Booklet and choose your assessment pathway.

There are five application pathways for migration skills assessment:

Accredited qualifications

1. Australian Qualifications

2. Washington Accord Qualifications

A multilateral agreement between bodies responsible for accreditation or recognition of tertiary-level engineering qualifications within their jurisdictions.

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Hong Kong China
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Turkey
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Pakistan
  • Peru

Provisional Signatories

  • Bangladesh
  • Costa Rica
  • Mexico
  • Philippines
  • Chile

3. Sydney Accord Qualifications

Currently, there are ten signatories that make up the Sydney Accord.

Qualifications accredited or recognized by other signatories are recognised by each signatory as being substantially equivalent to accredited or recognised qualifications within its own jurisdiction.

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Hong Kong China
  • Ireland
  • Korea
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Malaysia

Provisional Signatories

  • Peru
  • Sri Lanka

4. Dublin Accord Qualifications

The agreement established mutual recognition of the qualifications which underpin the granting of Engineering Technician titles.

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Korea
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Malaysia

Non-Accredited qualifications/ Engineering
Manager (refer to Section C)

5. Competency Demonstration Report (CDR)

Applicants who are from countries which are not signatories of any reciprocal agreement with Australia must go through a detailed assessment of their qualifications and prepare a “Competency Demonstration Report (CDR)”.

The CDR is like an essay in which the applicant needs to demonstrate how he/she applied their knowledge of engineering in practice.

The CDR is mandatory and must be written following specifications laid down in the Migration Skills Assessment booklet published by Engineers Australia.

It seems that several companies, mainly outside of Australia, now offer to write CDRs for a fee, but we would strongly advise you to write your own essay as per the EA guidelines: “The CDR must be all your own work. An application showing evidence of fraud will be rejected and the applicant banned for 12 Months.

Bigger cases of fraud involving more than one or two applicants may lead to a bigger investigation. Engineers Australia has no hesitation in referring confirmed cases of fraud to DIBP’’.

Plagiarism detection software such as Turnitin is used to find out if any information in the report has been copied from published material or previously submitted CDR.

Seemingly, copied content from published sources and previously submitted CDR reports is the number one cause of CDR rejection.

Do I need to provide evidence of my English language competency?

Yes, all applicants applying to have their skills assessed by Engineers Australia are required to provide evidence of their English Language competency. Refer to MSA Booklet, Section A.

IELTS, TOEFL iBT® and PTE are the three test results currently accepted.

Overseas Chapters

Engineers Australia has overseas chapters in Asia, the Middle East and the UK.

Members are a mix of Australian expatriates and engineering graduates who have studied an Australian (or equivalent) engineering qualification.

United Kingdom

Hong Kong




United Arab Emirates

Source: Engineers Australia – www.engineersaustralia.org.au

Source: Wikipedia

Source: International Engineering Alliance

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