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Victorian Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019: public consultation opens

Work continues on the implementation of the Victorian Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019, with public consultation open for six weeks from 26 August to 7 October 2020.

The AusIMM is actively engaged with the Victorian Government consultation committee, acting in the best interest of our membership and the safety of the public in Victoria.

Feedback is being sought from engineers, industry and others in the engineering community on the following materials:

  • guidance material on key terms in the Act such as the meaning of professional engineering service, prescriptive standards, direct supervision and the five areas of engineering
  • the proposed Professional Engineers Registration (General, Exemption and Assessment Scheme Fees) Regulations 2019
  • the proposed Code of Conduct for Professional Engineers, and
  • options for setting fees for the registration and endorsement of professional engineers.

The materials have been developed in consultation with peak professional engineering bodies and the Victorian Government agencies involved in delivery of infrastructure and engineering services.

Stay informed on the scheme and upcoming consultations by subscribing to the Professional Engineers Registration Scheme updates or by visiting Engage Victoria.

Background on the Act

The Victorian Parliament passed the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 in August 2019. 
 
The Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 will require engineers who provide professional services in and for Victoria, to be registered. 
 
The Victorian Professional Engineers Registration scheme will commence on 1 July 2021. 
 
The scheme will begin by registering the following areas of engineering: 

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

It is the understanding of AusIMM that registration for the minerals industry disciplines we are responsible for are not included in the first two years of registration implementation. However, there are some specialist areas which may be included earlier, for example environmental engineering and geotechnical engineering.

This is a timely reminder for all that registration is imminent for Victoria, and that registration follows three key pillars: Qualified, Competent, and Current. It will be essential that all engineering practitioners who work in Victoria, or provide engineering advice for projects and operations in Victoria become registered.

Professional Development is the primary component to demonstrating currency, and one item that may result in delays in registration approvals. AusIMM provides a vast range of professional development items which is available to members and non-members.

For more information on the above please email John Theodoulou Manager, Accreditation Programs at JTheodoulou@ausimm.com.

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