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 from all engineering disciplines, including 41,000 Students, 4,400 Engineering Technologists and Engineering Associates, 55,600 Professional Engineers.
The organisation began after World War 1, 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.
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. Details of the awards accredited by EA are available at their website.
Statement on climate change
In 2007, IEAust issued a position statement on climate change:
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."
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- Policy Statement, Climate Change and Energy February 2007
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