External Voice Project

Engineering plays a pivotal role in society and continues to shape the future of Australia, creating healthy, just, prosperous, secure and sustainable communities. Engineers are enthusiastic contributors to public discussions on the biggest community and policy issues of our time.

Engineers Australia’s External Voice Project (EVP) builds the engineering profession’s reputation for impact in public policy.

The EVP is a mechanism for delivering on the priorities outlined in Engineers Australia’s Strategy 2020-23, which establishes six actions aimed at strengthening the profession’s contribution to public life. 

Engineering is a vibrant and influential profession in public debate. Engineers Australia's advocacy work: 

  • Is context aware, understanding the place and role of engineering in society.
  • Is strategically focused on issues that require strong technical leadership and collective action.
  • Understands the potential for engineering to be transformative.
  • Shapes and positions the profession as a proactive contributor to public life, delivering value for government, industry, and community stakeholders.

The EVP provides a framework for advocacy through four workstreams:

These workstreams help Engineers Australia play a positive role in influencing public policy issues critical to the future direction of our society, economy, and environment. They are complex matters with broadscale community demands for action, and for which engineering is vital to success.

Find out more about the External Voice Project (PDF) or view our frequently asked questions (PDF) for more information.



Over the duration of the EVP, we will be calling on members to contribute to discussion papers. Your contributions will help shape our work and advocacy activities and to strengthen the profession’s reputation for impact in public policy. 

We'll post open consultations here, so be sure to check back regularly.