Professional registration of engineers

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

Australia’s states are introducing professional registration schemes for engineers. The Queensland Professional Engineers Act has been in operation since 2002. Victoria has introduced the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 to align with the Queensland scheme, starting on July 1, 2021. And New South Wales has introduced the Design and Building Practitioners Act and Regulation, commencing on July 1, 2021.

AIRAH has introduced the AIRAH Professional Engineer Register (APER) accreditation program for mechanical engineer – HVAC&R building services professionals. APER has been designed to meet the requirements of the Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and other state‑based schemes as they are released.

In Australia, the registration of engineers is determined by the states/territories. As a professional engineer, you may be required to register individually to these state- and territory-based schemes in order to provide engineering services. This may involve demonstration of a minimum qualification and a competency assessment.

The below information indicates professional engineer registration requirements to date. Please note that the situation is developing rapidly. We encourage you to contact the relevant authority in the concerned state/territory or email airah@airah.org.au to confirm the most up-to-date information.

ACT The Australian Capital Territory does not currently require the registration of engineers to practice.
NSW In New South Wales, registration of engineers came into effect on July 1, 2021 and is administered by the Department of Fair Trading. This initially affects design and building practitioners working on class 2 buildings. This is in addition to existing NSW requirements for registration, licensing, and certification.



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NT In the Northern Territory, the registration of engineers is administered by the Building Practitioners Board and is restricted to specific areas of engineering and certain work requiring a registered building contractor.

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Qld In Queensland, the registration of engineers is administered by the Board of Professional Engineers Queensland (BPEQ).

The AIRAH Professional Engineer Register (APER) accreditation program has been designed to meet the requirements for AIRAH to be an assessment scheme for registration as a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ). AIRAH is in the process of becoming a registered assessment body for the registration of professional engineers.

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SA South Australia does not currently require the registration of engineers to practice.
Tas In Tasmania, registration of engineers is administered by the Tasmanian Government Consumer, Building and Occupational Services and is restricted to certain areas of engineering and the building industry.

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Vic In Victoria, registration of engineers came into effect on July 1, 2021 and will be administered by the Business Licensing Authority. It is a staged implementation focused on five areas of engineering: fire safety engineering; civil engineering; structural engineering; electrical engineering; and mechanical engineering. The Victorian government has outlined that, under their timeline for mandatory professional engineer registration, mechanical engineers must be registered by December 1, 2023.

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WA Western Australia does not currently require the registration of engineers to practice, but is in the process of establishing a professional registration scheme.

In August 2020, the WA government proposed an amendment to regulations that would require engineers to be registered to perform building engineering work.

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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

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This page was last updated July 14, 2021