Western Australia is on-track to require professional engineers in the building sector to be registered, with the Government opening the process for public consultation on introduction of Engineering Registration for the Building Sector in Western Australia.
Engineers Australia General Manager – Western Australia, Susan Kreemer Pickford, has welcomed the announcement, saying the registration of engineers will result in far higher levels of community safety.
“While West Australians in many other professions, including doctors, architects and lawyers, must register to be able to legally carry out work, there is nothing to stop a person from calling themselves an engineer, even if they are not an engineer,” Ms Kreemer Pickford said.
“As things stand, consumers have no real way of knowing whether they are dealing with an engineer who is currently qualified and competent, or if they maintain standards through ongoing professional development and are bound by a code of conduct.”
An in-depth review of WA building legislation was prompted by the Shergold Weir report, which was commissioned by the Building Ministers Forum following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017 and growing concerns over the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems in the building and construction industry in Australia
“We are seeing long-overdue nation-wide shake-up of the building and construction industry,” said Ms Kreemer Pickford.
“Both Victoria and NSW have recently introduced comprehensive laws for the compulsory registration of engineers. While Engineers Australia would like to see WA reforms extend beyond the building industry, we commend the Government on this excellent first step.”
Engineers Australia has begun consulting with members to inform a submission on the Government’s proposals.
Lisa McKoy| National Media Manager
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