Overview

The Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 (the Act) was passed in the Victorian Parliament in August 2019.

The Act introduces a co-regulatory scheme where, initially, five categories of engineers will be registered:

  • civil
  • structural
  • mechanical
  • electrical
  • fire safety.

Registration will commence from 1 July 2021.

The scheme has been designed to be extended to other areas over time.

Public consultation on the Regulations and supporting Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) will commence in the first quarter of 2020 and will include consultation on:

  • Matters relating to assessment scheme’s qualifications and competencies
  • Requirements in relation to continuing professional development of registered professional engineers
  • Prescribing conditions on registration or endorsement of registration
  • Regulations with respect to fees or refunds of fees such as registration renewal or endorsement.

Co-regulation

This model of regulation will include assessment entities approved by the Business Licensing Authority (BLA). The BLA will be supported by Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) and the Victorian Building Authority (VBA).

How you can participate

Online

In early 2020 we will be conducting an online consultation on this page ahead of the development of the proposed regulations.

Make sure to sign up to the mailing list and we’ll let you know when it is open.

Next steps

Following this preliminary consultation, the feedback provided by you will be used by Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) to help draft the regulations and the supporting Regulatory Impact Statement in early 2020.

After this, it is proposed a Code of Conduct for engineers will be developed in consultation with engineers, industry and professional associations.

It is important to have your say during the consultation process.