Professional registration of engineers

AIRAH is supporting efforts to restore confidence in Australia’s building industry through professional registration of engineers.

In 2018, the Building Confidence report noted “significant and concerning” problems in Australia’s building industry that were “likely to undermine public trust in the health and safety of buildings if they are not addressed in a comprehensive manner”.

A plan was put in place, with the top priority being that each jurisdiction set up a scheme for registering professionals involved in the design, construction and maintenance of buildings. This includes engineers.

Since then, states, territories and the Australian Building Codes Board – which has drafted a national registration framework to ensure consistency across jurisdictions – have begun implementing their schemes, and have been seeking input from industry in the process.

As well as addressing specific aspects of each scheme, AIRAH consistently advocates on three main issues:
  • HVAC&R – building services should be clearly recognised as a branch of mechanical engineering
  • State and territory professional registration schemes should be harmonised and mutually recognised, so that registered practitioners can work across jurisdictions without having to pay multiple registration fees
  • There should be alternative pathways to registration for practitioners who do not have Washington Accord qualifications, but do have appropriate qualifications and experience.
AIRAH is providing input to all consultations, as shown below. If you are interested in providing input for AIRAH’s submissions, please contact airah@airah.org.au

 
Past submissions

Australian Building Codes Board
National Registration Framework for Building Practitioners 

New South Wales
Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2020 – Stakeholder Feedback
AIRAH support for NSW Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019

Victoria 
Victorian Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 – First round of consultation

Western Australia
Consultation paper – Registration of building engineers in Western Australia

Furthermore, AIRAH is supporting professional registration schemes across the country via the AIRAH Registered Professional Engineer (ARPEng) accreditation program for mechanical engineer – HVAC&R building services professionals.

ARPEng has been designed to meet the requirements of the Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and other state‑based schemes as they are released.