Queensland prefers to do things its own way when it comes to working as an engineer. The sunshine state is the only one in Australia which demands engineers become registered under The Professional Engineers Act 2002 (QLD) legislation in order to work legally within the state.
The Act was amended in early 2008 and came into effect on 1st July later that year, enabling the set-up of a co-regulatory approach to Queensland engineering registration. Check out the Board of Professional Engineers Queensland (BPEQ) to get more information on how to register under this updated scheme.
If an engineer working in QLD is caught out unregistered they (not their boss) will be prosecuted by the Board of Professional Engineers Queensland. At this point, registration won’t save them from repercussions.
The Act is intended to protect the safety of the public and maintain their confidence by ensuring engineers are fully-competent, operate in line with established protocols and uphold the Australian engineering discipline’s high standards. A statutory board carries out the registration of Registered Professional Engineers of Queensland (RPEQ) and enforces Act compliance.
All other states do not have a formal system of registration, but they do have numerous Acts covering ad hoc areas relating to engineers in the construction and building sector amongst other legislation, regulations, by-laws and so on, which dictate prescribed Australian engineering standards and incur costs for compliance.
The National Engineering Registration Board (NERB) is the self-regulatory system which engineers in all other states work under.
Many engineering professionals believe a national registration system drummed-up by the engineering profession and enacted by each state and territory, with the full support of Australia’s leading engineering bodies behind it would bring 3 major benefits:
1. Minimised public safety risks
2. Facilitate Australian workforce movement
3. Aid the acquisition of skills
“If you are providing a professional engineering service in Queensland, you must be registered, no matter whether you live and work in the state or elsewhere”, says Michael Bevan, Engineers Australia’s Associate Director.
If you’re client resides in QLD, but you do not, the same may apply.
Those who work under direct supervision of a registered engineer are exempt from registering.