Overview

Your views are sought on the proposed Professional Engineers Registration (Fees) Regulations 2021 (proposed Fees Regulations) and the Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) prepared for those Regulations.

In September 2020, we sought your feedback on guidance material and other documents including a paper on the alternative approaches to setting registration fees for professional engineers. The feedback we received on that paper is included in the Professional Engineers Registration Summary Report – see below – and has informed the development of the proposed Fees Regulations and the RIS.

About the proposed Fees Regulations and RIS

The proposed Fees Regulations are to be made under the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 (the Act) to propose fees and other matters to support the operation of the new registration scheme for professional engineers.

For information on the registration of professional engineers see the Consumer Affairs website.

The proposed Regulations prescribe:

  • fees for the registration of professional engineers and applications for other services to the Business Licensing Authority (BLA)
  • refunds of certain fees, and
  • exemptions from the payment of annual endorsement fees in certain circumstances.

Fees are proposed for applications for:

  • registration and renewal of registration
  • endorsement and renewal of endorsement
  • an annual endorsement statement
  • adding an area of registration to an existing registration, and
  • searching, taking a copy of and obtaining a certified copy or extract of the register of professional engineers to be maintained by the BLA.

The RIS examines four options for setting these fees that will recover the costs to government of administering the regulatory scheme for professional engineers. Each option is assessed against the objectives of effectiveness, efficiency and equity. The preferred option from this assessment is included in the proposed Fees Regulations.

To improve equity between different categories of professional engineers, the preferred option proposes:

  • registration fees for non-practising professional engineers that are 20 per cent of the fees for practising professional engineers, and
  • renewal fees for later career professional engineers that are 15 per cent higher than the initial registration fee for early career professional engineers.

The proposed Regulations suggest refunds of fees where:

  • the BLA refuses to issue a registration or endorsement
  • an application for registration or endorsement is withdrawn
  • a registration or endorsement is surrendered, and
  • a registration is changed from practising to non-practising.

The proposed Regulations also propose exemptions from the payment of annual endorsement fees where an endorsement is suspended or falls due on the same date as the renewal of an endorsement.

General regulations and guidance material summary report

From August to October 2020 we asked for your feedback on the scheme's guidance materials for engineers.

A summary report has been prepared, including an analysis of all responses received. Thank you to all who participated.

Privacy collection notice

This consultation is being conducted by the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) on the Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) and the proposed Professional Engineers Registration (Fees) Regulations 2021 (proposed Fees Regulations).

As part of this consultation, DJCS is required to publish the RIS and proposed Fees Regulations and invite public comments and submissions for a minimum of 28 days. This is required under the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 (SL Act) and the Victorian Guide to Regulation.

DJCS is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 and the Health Records Act 2001.

The information provided in comments and submissions will be considered by DJCS in providing advice to the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation to finalise the proposed Fees Regulations. All comments and submissions will be provided to the Minister, who under the SL Act, must ensure that all comments and submissions are considered before the proposed Fees Regulations are made.

Your submission will be published under your name and, where relevant, your organisation’s name, on the Engage Victoria website. Your email and address will not be published.

If you make an anonymous submission or do not wish to provide your personal information, we will not be able to identify your submission if you wish to access it, make a correction or require technical support.

Please do not identify individuals in your submission. Comments or submissions which consist of allegations or complaints against individuals, and are not comments on the proposed Fees Regulations, will not be published.

Also, please do not include personal or health information in the body of your submission. However, if included DJCS will handle such information in line with the requirements of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 and the Health Records Act 2001.

After the Fees Regulations are made a statement setting out the reasons for the direction taken in the final form of the Fees Regulations will be published on the Engage Victoria website. If you have provided an email address, you will be notified when this statement is published.

In accordance with the requirements of the SL Act, comments and submissions will also be provided to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee of Parliament after the Fees Regulations are made. You may access the information you have provided to by contacting engineers@justice.vic.gov.au.

The department's Privacy Statement is on the DJCS website.