Registration and requirements in civil engineering

Engineers Australia

Engineers Australia s the peak body representing engineers across all disciplines in Australia. Their aim is to advance engineering in Australia and promote the ongoing professional development of their members. Engineers Australia has over 85 000 members and is the largest industry body for engineers from all disciplines. All members are recognised as chartered engineers, the highest accreditation available in the industry.

One of Engineers Australia’s main roles is advocacy. Through regular contributions to government submissions, policy statements and media statements, they make their position known on policies, inquiries and other government initiatives.

Engineers Australia also works with academic institutions across the country to provide accreditation for programs and courses and to ensure they meet international benchmarks. This is a very important role because it ensures that your qualifications are recognised internationally so you can work abroad.

Engineers Australia also provides continuous professional development opportunities through seminars, conferences and workshops that provide their members with information about regulatory changes or innovative practise in the industry. These conferences also represent a great networking opportunity for engineers looking to make industry contacts.

Membership is free for students studying an accredited engineering course. Upon graduation you can join as a graduate member by filling in an application form and paying an annual fee.

Victorian Building Commission

The Victorian Building Commission is the peak state-based body for professionals working in the building and construction industry. Civil engineers working in construction are required to be licensed. The Building Commission can provide registration and accreditation for civil engineers looking to work in construction. There is an equivalent body in each state.

 The Building Commission is responsible for registering members and monitoring their conduct, as well as regulating the building industry in each state. They advise the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure and resolve domestic disputes between their members and third parties.

The Building Commission also facilitates industry research and provides ongoing professional development courses for their members. They test new products, collate state-based building data and lobby for improve building standards in Australia.

Registration with the Building Commission is compulsory for any individual working in construction. Registered and certified civil engineers greatly increase their employability and earning capacity.