Engineers Registration Act Information

10 September 2020

Free Webinar - Professional Engineers Registration Act

Our recent Engineers Registration Act Update webinar outlined several documents released for comment by Consumer Affairs Victoria that provide useful explanations of professional engineering services, direct supervision, areas of engineering and prescriptive standards.

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16 April 2020

Free Webinar - Latest information on the Professional Engineers Registration Act

This Webinar discusses Extracts from the FAQs published by the Department of Treasury and Finance in relation to the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019. We outline what’s known about the Act, as well as what still needs to be finalised before it comes into place in July 2021.|

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19 December 2019

Professional Engineers Registration Scheme - Information Forum Presentation

CLICK HERE to see the presentation from Consumer Affairs Victoria which was discussed at our Leadership Forum earlier in the month. This document has some good information on the process of the Registration Act, as well as some key target dates.

27 November 2019

Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019: How to stay updated

To stay updated on progress, information is available at Engage Victoria. You can also subscribe to receive Professional Engineers Registration Scheme updates.

30 September 2019


The recent passage of the Professional Engineers Registration Bill 2019 through the Victorian parliament is a game changer for civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and fire-safety engineers and their employers. The Bill will establish a level of professional recognition that will lead to greater career mobility and we believe, provide employment advantages for registered engineers. It is expected that the Bill will commence operation in mid-2021 and be fully implemented by mid-2024.

The Victorian State Government has introduced this legislation for several reasons, which will have long term impact for engineers, consumers, employers and the greater public. Registration protects the title “professional engineer” and maintains public confidence in the standard of service provided by engineers. As with other professions such as lawyers, doctors, nurses, architects and teachers, registration is a strong check and balance for the industry that undertakes complex and important work.

Registration means Victorian engineers comply with well recognized and internationally understood benchmarks, and aligns with registration schemes both internationally and domestically, with QLD already running a registration system, and other states expected to develop their own schemes over the coming years. Given the size of the state government’s infrastructure spend in the years ahead it’s important that Victoria has local, highly qualified and experienced engineers to meet this demand.
The registration scheme provides the government and major international construction companies with a practical means of verifying the capability of those supplying engineering services.

Registration will be required for those who engage in “professional engineering services” such as design, construction, production, operation or maintenance activity relating to engineering, and it is expected registration requirements will include:

  • a four‑year Washington accord degree;
  • five years’ relevant work experience; and
  • continuing professional development (CPD) of 150 hours over 3 years.
There will be two broad exemptions, that fall within the following scope:

  • direct supervision exemption – an engineer working under direct supervision of a qualified and experienced registered professional engineer who reviews or signs off on work to ensure it is of an appropriate standard
  • the prescriptive standard exemption – a non-registered engineer avoids registration if the design work is straightforward and does not require engineering judgement or advanced calculations.
Draft Regulations are expected to be prepared during the coming months and IPWEA Victoria will seek comment from members and partners when they become available. Alternatively follow us on LinkedIn for the latest news.