Statutory registration

Registration of engineers is determined by the respective states and territories. 

Within the federal structure of Australian Government, registration of engineers is determined by the respective states and territories. Currently statutory registration of engineers is restricted to professional engineers.

If you are a professional engineer, you are required to register in each state individually where a registration scheme exists. It is important to note that the precise scope of registration in each jurisdiction is different and even if you do not reside in a particular state, if you are providing engineering services to that state, you still may require registration there.

In general, to become registered you will need to demonstrate you have the benchmarked minimum qualification for a professional engineer and have had a competency assessment for independent practice. The minimum qualification of a professional engineer is a Washington Accord recognised degree or equivalent. View the listing of Australian accredited engineering qualifications

NER Direct and Chartered are competency assessments for independent practice.

The information provided on this page is general in nature and does not constitute an exhaustive list of all the registration requirements for engineers or legal advice.  Further information can be obtained from the relevant authority in each State and Territory.  It is important that you satisfy yourself that you meet all of the registration requirements in the State and Territory relevant to your practice. 


Map showing the states and territories of Australia

The Australian Capital Territory does not require engineers to be registered to practise.

Registration for professional engineers will come into effect 1 July 2021. Currently this will be restricted to those working on Class 2 buildings (apartments) or mixed use buildings that include Class 2.

The Department of Fair Trading will administer the registration of engineers.

For more information, including the areas of engineering that require registration, visit NSW Fair Trading.

This new requirement for registration is in addition to existing registration/licensing/certification requirements in NSW through regulations such as the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation; Building and Development Certifiers Act and Regulation; and Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act.

Resources

The Building Practitioners Board administers the registration of engineers.

Registration is restricted to the building industry and certain areas of engineering.

For more information, including the areas of engineering that require registration, visit the Building Practitioners Board.

    The Board of Professional Engineers Queensland (BPEQ) administers the registration of engineers. Engineers Australia is an approved assessment entity for the BPEQ.

    Engineers Australia offers two competency assessments leading to registration as a Registered Professional Engineer Queensland (RPEQ):

    1. NER Direct – open to non-members and members
    2. Chartered – open to members only

    For more information, including the areas of engineering that require registration, visit the BPEQ website

    South Australia does not require engineers to be registered to practise.

    The Tasmanian Government Consumer, Building and Occupational Services administers the registration of engineers.

    Registration is restricted to the building industry and certain areas of engineering.

    For more information, including the areas of engineering that require registration, visit the CBOS website.

    Registration of professional engineers in Victoria comes into effect 1 July 2021. There is a staged implementation for the various areas of engineering.

    The Business Licensing Authority (BLA) will administer the registration of engineers. It is currently evaluating submissions from professional bodies to be an assessment scheme.

    Engineers Australia has a submission in with the BLA to become an approved assessment scheme.

    Engineers in the building industry will need an additional assessment called a Building Endorsement.

    For more information, including the areas of engineering that require registration, visit Consumer Affairs Victoria

    Western Australia does not require engineers to be registered to practise.

    The Western Australian Government is proposing to amend the Building Services (Registration) Regulations 2011 (WA) to require engineers to be registered to carry out building engineering work.

    View Engineers Australia's submission (PDF) to the Western Australia Government’s Consultation Regulation Impact Statement Registration of Building Engineers in WA . 

    Mutual recognition

    Mutual recognition law is set by the Mutual Recognition Act 1992, which entitles an individual who is registered as an engineer in one state to be registered as an engineer in another. In simple terms, an engineer already registered in Queensland (for example) would still need to apply for registration in Victoria and usually pay a registration fee, but mutual recognition means that the initial assessment of a person’s eligibility for registration as an engineer would only need to happen once, which helps to keep the cost of registration in more than one state for an individual down.

    Engineers who believe they qualify for mutual recognition should contact the registering body in the state they wish to be registered in.

    More information

    Registration of engineers: an overview

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