Overview

The Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 (the Act) will come into operation on 1 July 2021.

It will introduce a registration scheme for professional engineers that will be phased-in over a two-and-a-half-year period.

The registration system will be co-regulatory, led by the Business Licensing Authority and supported by participation from the engineering sector in the form of approved assessment entities. Consumers Affairs Victoria and the Victorian Building Authority will also support the registration system.

Engineers who provide professional engineering services in the areas of structural, civil, electrical, mechanical and fire safety engineering will need to register unless they work under direct supervision or only in accordance with a prescriptive standard.

Engineers who provide professional engineering services to the building industry will need to have a special endorsement on their registration.

Engineers who are already registered under the Building Act 1993 will not need to apply for registration and endorsement as they will be automatically transferred to the new system.

Consultation

Two rounds of public consultation are scheduled to support the implementation of the Act.

The first round of public consultation is now closed. All consultation materials are being reviewed based on the feedback received.

The second round of public consultation will be held early 2021. It will consult on the proposed regulations that establish fees for registration and the supporting regulatory impact statement.

Privacy collection notice

The Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws.

The purpose of this online engagement is to consult on the materials developed to support the implementation of the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019. The information you provided in your comments or submission will be considered by DJCS to finalise the materials.

Comments and submissions will not be published. De-identified information will be used to prepare and publish a summary report of the comments and submissions received and to provide answers to questions raised. De-identified information detailing particular matters will not be used in the summary report without your consent. We will contact you to seek your consent before quoting from your comments or submission.

You may make an anonymous comment or submission.

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

Comments or submissions which consist of allegations or complaints against individuals and are not comments on the materials provided for consultation, will be referred for assessment and advice to the relevant area in DJCS, if appropriate.

You may access the information you have provided to DJCS by contacting engineers@justice.vic.gov.au

The DJCS Privacy Statement can be viewed at https://www.justice.vic.gov.au/privacy-statement