Registration of engineers in Victoria, Australia
THE Victorian state government has introduced legislation regarding the registration of engineers – the Engineers Registration Bill 2018. Like the existing scheme in Queensland (RPEQ, Registered Professional Engineer Queensland), if the bill is passed it will introduce a mandatory registration scheme for engineers who provide professional services in Victoria.
The current advice from the department of treasury and finance is that a staged registration process will commence mid-2019 with the full scheme implemented in 2022.
The new scheme will be very similar to the QLD/RPEQ scheme, with some Victorian variations to accommodate local existing systems. This has been done to aid mutual recognition and encourage national consistency. Registration will apply not only to engineers located within Victoria, it will also apply to engineers located outside the state who are working on projects that will be delivered within Victoria.