Engineers Australia

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Engineers Australia
Engineers Australia (logo).jpg
Established 1919
Type Professional Society
Location Barton, Australia
Nickname IEAust
Engineering House which is the national office for Engineers Australia in Barton, Australian Capital Territory.

The Institution of Engineers Australia, often shortened to IEAust and trading as Engineers Australia, is a professional body and not-for-profit organisation dedicated to being the national forum for the advancement of the engineering field within Australia. As of 2013, it has over 100,000 members in nine geographic Divisions from all engineering disciplines, including 41,000 Students, 4,400 Engineering Technologists and Engineering Associates, 55,600 Professional Engineers.[1] The members all belong to one or more of eight Colleges covering the different fields of engineering practice. 20,000 members are Chartered Engineers.[2]

Engineers Australia has two wholly-owned subsidiaries. Engineers Media is the publishing arm while Engineering Education Australia is the education arm. They are based in Sydney and Melbourne respectively.[2]

The organisation began after World War I, following recognition of the need for a single body to represent engineers, rather than the numerous smaller organisations that existed then. The first council meeting was held in 1919, electing Professor William Warren of the University of Sydney as the first President.[3][4] On 1 May 1926 the Institution was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and on the 10 March 1938 His Majesty King George the Sixth granted a charter of incorporation to the Institution reconstituting it as a body corporate and politic by Royal Charter.[5]

The patron of Engineers Australia is the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).[6]


The corporate logo of the Institution of Engineers, Australia comprises a red hexagon, divided by an arc joining the lower two side points, accompanied in black by the words “The Institution of Engineers, Australia” or “IEAust”. The hexagon represents,alternatively, the honeycomb structure used in construction, or cellular radio networks, the benzene ring of organic chemistry, or the shape of a bolthead. Similarly, the arc or arch relates to engineering as a basic element in building and as part of a sine wave. This logo has been registered as the official trade mark of the Institution.[7]

Accreditation Role[edit]

Engineers Australia is the body in Australia charged with accrediting the education required for recognition as a Professional Engineer (4-year degree or higher qualification) and the associated occupations of Engineering Technologists (3-year degree) and para-professional Engineering Associates (2-year technical qualifications). For these purposes EA is a signatory to the Washington Accord, the Sydney Accord and the Dublin Accord. The Queensland Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology appointed Engineers Australia on 1 July 2008[8] as one of the Approved Assessment entities for assessing applicants for Registration with the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland.[9]

Grades of Membership[edit]

Grade of Student[edit]

This membership is free for students undertaking an Australian accredited or recognised course in engineering.

Grade of Graduate[edit]

This is a paid membership and membership is open to those who have completed an Engineers Australia accredited or recognised tertiary qualification in engineering. The following catergories are available:

  • Professional Engineer (GradIEAust) – completion of an Engineers Australia-accredited four-year engineering qualification in Australia, or equivalent
  • Engineering Technologist (GradTIEAust) – completion of an Engineers Australia-accredited three-year engineering technology qualification in Australia, or equivalent
  • Engineering Associate (GradAIEAust) – completion of an Engineers Australia recognised two-year engineering associate qualification in Australia, or equivalent.
  • Postgraduate engineering students seeking to further their engineering career may be eligible for Engineers Australia membership as a graduate, with a concession on membership fees.

Grade of Member[edit]

This as a paid membership and is open to those who hold an Engineers Australia accredited or recognised tertiary qualification in engineering, and have now gained a number of years experience in the engineering industry. The following categories are available:

  • Professional Engineer (MIEAust) – completion of an Engineers Australia-accredited four or more years engineering qualification in Australia, or equivalent, and minimum of three years acceptable work experience at the level of Professional Engineer
  • Engineering Technologist (TMIEAust) – completion of an Engineers Australia-accredited three-year engineering technology qualification in Australia, or equivalent, and minimum of three years acceptable work experience at the level of Engineering Technologist
  • Engineering Associate (AMIEAust) – completion of an Engineers Australia recognised two-year engineering associate qualification in Australia, or equivalent, and minimum of three years acceptable work experience at the level of Engineering Officer.

Grade of Fellow[edit]

This is a paid membership and is for practitioners who have been recognised as being amongst the true leaders of the industry and profession. Fellow membership grades include Fellow (FIEAust), Technologist Fellow (TFIEAust) and Associate Fellow (AFIEAust).

To be considered, one must be nominated by Engineers Australia Division Committee or College board or an application can be made with statements of support from two Fellows of Engineers Australia in the same or higher occupational category.

Grade of Honorary Fellows[edit]

An Honorary Fellow is, in the opinion of the Council, a person who has rendered conspicuous service to the profession of engineering or is eminent in engineering or an allied science, or is a distinguished person whom the Council desires to honour, either for having rendered conspicuous service to the Australian people or in recognition of outstanding achievement. Membership numbers are determined by the National Council and was set to 200 in 2013.[10]

Chartered Engineer[edit]

In Australia, the award of Chartered Engineer Status is exclusive to Engineers Australia. Professional engineers with Chartered Status enjoy recognition by government, business and the general public worldwide.[11] Chartered Status is open to those in the Member and Fellow grades of each occupational category.

Members need to use CPEng(Aust) in New Zealand. The law in New Zealand requires any overseas post-nominals likely to be confused with CPEng to have the name of the jurisdiction (or a widely recognised abbreviation of that jurisdiction) included in parentheses after the post-nominal.[12]

Regulatory Schemes[edit]

There is no formal system of regulation for engineers throughout Australia. Engineering services are regulated under a variety of Acts in ad hoc areas, many of which relate to engineers in the building and construction industry. There are also many pieces of subordinate legislation, such as regulations, by-laws and orders-in-council that impose various prescriptive standards and incur unnecessary costs to the engineering industry in complying.

Queensland currently is the only state where engineers are required by legislation to be registered (if offering or providing engineering services). In Queensland, persons who are not registered are prohibited from offering or providing professional engineering services. The only exception is for individuals who practise under the direct supervision of registered professional engineers. In other states and territories engineers operate under the self-regulatory system operated by the National Engineering Registration Board (NERB).[13]

National Engineering Registration Board[edit]

The National Engineering Registration Board (the Board) was established jointly by the Institution of Engineers, Australia (Engineers Australia), the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia (Now Called Professionals Australia) and Consult Australia. The Board, with representation from State and Territory Governments, Community Organisations and Professional Associations, supervises the operation of National Registers to ensure the community is provided with the protection it is entitled to expect in relation to work undertaken by those practitioners.The Registers are administered by Engineers Australia on behalf of relevant professional associations. [14]

National Registers[edit]

These registers are[edit]

  • The National Professional Engineers Register – NPER
  • The National Engineering Technologists Register – NETR
  • The National Engineering Associates Register – NEAR

Engineers Australia administers the national engineering registers with input from the National Engineering Registration Board to ensure that the registers operate in the public interest.[15]

International Register[edit]

The APEC Engineer Register is an initiative of the Commonwealth Government and Engineers Australia to facilitate cross border mobility for professional engineers in the APEC Region. A person who is registered on the National Professional Engineers Register (NPER) has already met to a significant extent the requirements for enrolment on the APEC Engineer Register or on the International Register of Professional Engineers.[16]

Code of Ethics[edit]

Since its inception, Engineers Australia has had a Code of Ethics and disciplinary processes that enable it to take action against members who breach that Code. The membership by-laws requires the professional regulation of members. [17]

Chartered members and registrants on the various registers administered by the National Engineering Registration Board are specifically required to practice in accordance with the Code of Ethics.[18]

Statement on climate change[edit]

In 2007, IEAust issued a position statement on climate change. This was amended in February 2008.

Engineers Australia believes that Australia must act swiftly and proactively in line with global expectations to address climate change as an economic, social and environmental risk... We believe that addressing the costs of atmospheric emissions will lead to increasing our competitive advantage by minimising risks and creating new economic opportunities. Engineers Australia believes the Australian Government should ratify the Kyoto Protocol.[19]


  1. ^ Kaspura, A (2012), The Engineering Profession: A Statistical Overview, 9th Ed, published by Engineers Australia.
  2. ^ a b Engineers Australia Annual Report 2012-2013
  3. ^ Lloyd, B E (1968) The Education of Professional Engineers in Australia, APEA Melbourne.
  4. ^ Lloyd, B E (1988) "In Search of Identity: Engineering in Australia 1788–1988", Thesis for Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne.
  5. ^ Engineers Australia, 2011 ROYAL CHARTER AND BY-LAWS
  6. ^ Governor-General announced as Patron
  7. ^ The Newsletter of Engineering Heritage Australia, No 11 - June 2001
  8. ^ Board of Professional Engineers Queensland-Approved Assessment Entity
  9. ^ Board of Professional Engineers Queensland- Areas of Engineering
  10. ^ Limit of Honorary Fellows
  11. ^ Chartered Status
  12. ^ IPENZ warns of CPEng Usage
  13. ^ Regulatory Schemes
  14. ^ National Engineering Registration Board
  15. ^ National Engineering Registers
  16. ^ International Registers
  17. ^ The Institution of Engineers Australia (EA), 2011 ROYAL CHARTER AND BY-LAWS, 6(d)
  18. ^ Code of Ethics Article
  19. ^ Policy Statement, Climate Change and Energy Approved by EA National Council February 2007. Amended February 2008

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