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Victorian engineer feedback sought for registration scheme

The Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) has called for civil construction skills to be listed as essential on the Federal Government's National Skills Needs List to help the sector attract new workers and upskill the existing workforce.

Engineers are being called upon to give feedback on the Victorian Professional Engineers Registration Scheme to help its implementation.

The scheme will commence on 1 July 2021 and aims to ensure services are provided by professional engineers who have a minimum level of qualification, experience and professional development.

The Victorian Government is seeking feedback on a Code of Conduct that sets out a range of obligations for registered professional engineers to act fairly, honestly, and in the best interests of their clients.

In addition, feedback is being sought on proposed regulations that set the schedule for phasing in registration to the five prescribed areas of engineering, guidance materials for the Act, including the definition of a ‘professional engineering service’, and options for setting fees for the registration and endorsement of professional engineers.

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The materials have been developed in consultation with engineers and peak engineering organisations.

A second round of public consultation will be held later this year and will focus more on the proposed registration fees.

Victorian Consumer Affairs Minister Melissa Horne encourages engineers and those with an interest in the profession to have their say when consultation begins on 26 August.

“The new registration scheme for engineers will enable clients to engage and use engineering services with greater confidence and will increase accountability within the profession,” Horne said.

“I invite all Victorians with an interest in the engineering profession to provide feedback on the proposed materials.”

Consultation on the materials will be available from 26 August to 7 October 2020. For more information, visit https://engage.vic.gov.au/engineers-registration.

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