ACT public consultation on engineer registration
Consultation on a proposed Professional Engineer Registration Scheme by the Australian Capital Territory Government is underway.
The territory’s government is seeking feedback on a consultation paper on the proposed registration scheme, with submissions closing 20 September 2022.
Engineers Australia, whose headquarters are based in Canberra, is ready with pen poised as it has been calling for a professional registration scheme in the ACT “for some years now”.
EA has plans to write a submission that will include direct input from its members. The organisation’s Chief Engineer, Jane MacMaster, told the ABC that, “engineered systems and technologies have critical safety and performance aspects … so it’s important we all feel confident that the people doing engineering work, particularly design work, which has performance and safety implications, are competent professionals”.
Ms MacMaster said when the scheme is introduced, the instances of poor engineering work are expected to reduce leading to the cost of rework reducing as well.
“Registration will also make it easier to find professional engineers and check their qualifications [or confirm their status] through a register,” she explained.
The ACT Government said “following community and stakeholder consultation, the scheme will be finalised, with legislation prepared and a Bill presented to the Legislative Assembly later this year.
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