Engineers Australia provides feedback to government on registration fees for professional engineers

Engineers Australia has provided feedback to the Victorian Government on the fees proposed to be charged for professional engineers to be registered in Victoria.
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7 May 2021

We are generally supportive of the government’s preferred approach as most of the fees to be charged are comparably lower than those charged in Queensland or by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). However, we are concerned that the additional fee charged for engineers working in the building sector leads to greater expense than is currently incurred under the current VBA scheme and we would like this to be reviewed. 

We have indicated our support for horizontal and vertical equity, which introduces a reduced fee for non-practising engineers who take a career break and a reduced fee for initial registration to support engineers earlier in their career to become registered. Furthermore, we have recommended that temporary financial assistance be offered to any engineer suffering financial hardship.

View the full submission (PDF)

Next steps

Engineers Australia is currently awaiting advice from the government regarding our submission to become an assessment entity. Our proposal allows for all Engineers Australia professional engineer members who are Chartered or on the NER to be eligible for Victorian registration without further assessment of qualifications and competency. We have near to 8000 Chartered and NER professional engineers in Victoria. We will communicate with our members at the earliest opportunity following an announcement from government.

Contact [email protected] if you would like to discuss your eligibility for NER or Chartered. 

Will I need to be registered?

The Victorian Government has provided extensive documentation to help you determine if you are required to register.

The Guidance from Consumer Affairs Victoria covers the meaning of professional engineering services, prescriptive standards, direct supervision, areas of engineering, and the extraterritorial application of the Act (including mutual recognition).

Background on registration

The Professional Engineers Registration Scheme will be phased in from 1 July 2021 over a two-and-a-half-year period and will apply to engineers providing professional engineering services in the areas of structural, civil, electrical, mechanical and fire safety engineering unless they work under direct supervision or only in accordance with a prescriptive standard.