The Victorian Government is introducing a mandatory registration scheme for engineers, which it says will give local engineers an edge.
The new scheme aims to ensure highly-qualified and experienced engineers develop and oversee the State’s most important projects – including the Metro Tunnel, West Gate Tunnel and the Level Crossing Removal Project.
According to a statement from the Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas, despite the complex nature of engineering work and the pivotal role engineers play in ensuring public safety, many engineers are not currently required to hold a formal registration or a licence as lawyers, doctors, nurses, architects and teachers are.
That statement said the registration scheme will give Victorian engineers an edge when they are competing in the global marketplace by complying with internationally-recognised professional benchmarks.
“This scheme will give Victorians greater confidence in local engineering services, knowing they comply with well-established industry benchmarks,” Mr. Pallas said.
“We’re boosting standards in our engineering industry so we can continue to build the infrastructure projects Victorians need, create jobs and boost our economy.”
The Government stated that it will continue to work closely with the engineering industry, in a co-regulatory arrangement, to successfully implement the scheme, with an extensive transition period to ensure there is no disruption to engineers or businesses.