Overview

The Professional Engineers Registration (Fees) Regulations 2021 (Fees Regulations) were made on 16 June 2021 and will come into operation on 1 July 2021

The Fees Regulations are made under the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 (the Act) to prescribe fees and other matters to support the registration and endorsement of professional engineers. For information on the registration of professional engineers see the Consumer Affairs website.

The Fees Regulations prescribe fees for:

  • registration and renewal of registration
  • endorsement and renewal of endorsement
  • the 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.

There are different fees for the registration of practising and non-practising professional engineers and for a first application for registration and for the renewal of a registration.

The Fee Regulations include refunds of fees where:

  • the Business Licensing Authority 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  • an application for registration or endorsement is withdrawn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.

They also include 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.

Twenty-one submissions were received in response to the public consultation on the Fees Regulations and accompanying Regulatory Impact Statement.

Following a detailed consideration of each submission, a Notice of Decision was placed in the Victoria Government Gazette and The Age on 10 June 2021 advising that the Fees Regulations would be made with no changes.

The issues raised in submissions are summarised by theme along with responses in the Statement of Reasons.

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.