Engineers Australia is the engineering profession’s peak body. As the voice of the profession, an integral part of our role is to publicly advocate on issues that affect the profession and the broader community. We undertake this important work through a structured policy and advocacy program.
Engineers are enthusiastic contributors to public discussions about policy and issues affecting society. Our work addresses building sector reform, climate change, STEM and diversity, professional indemnity insurance and other issues important to the profession.
We engage with both member and non-member engineers as well as representatives from business, education, government and other experts around Australia. With their input we develop and advance rigorous, evidence-driven policy that reflects the highest professional standards.
Our External Voice Project is a flagship policy and advocacy strategy that promotes a structured approach to policy development. It supports wide-ranging consultation on important issues to ensure our position reflects the insights and concerns of the profession and of the wider community.
We undertake our advocacy in several ways including submissions to parliamentary inquiries, government policy reviews, media messaging, social media platforms and public campaigns.
Since 2016, we have made more than 140 submissions to government on topics including:
- building sector reform
- the role of nuclear power in Australia
- employment outcomes for migrant engineers
- national water reform
- regulation of medical gases and much more.
Contributions from our members help shape our work and strengthen the profession’s reputation for impact in public policy.
We encourage members to have a say about issues that are important to the profession. If you have an initiative you’d like to propose, view our guide to member-delivered policy and advocacy and toolkit.
Open consultations and advocacy initiatives are listed below.
- (NSW) Engineering Practice Standard
- (Cth) Urban Transport Systems policy paper
- (Cth) AI in education
- (Cth) Nuclear energy green paper
- (Cth) Power system reliability and risk management
- (NSW) Engagement on insurance issues for engineers
- (Cth) Future of transport direction paper
- (Cth) ANZSCO review – consultation 2
- (Cth) Annual Rainfall and Runoff Guideline – climate change chapter review
- (Cth) Australia’s Emissions Reduction Targets, National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Review and Carbon Farming Initiative Review
- (Cth) Responsible AI in Australia
- (Cth) Building Product Assurance Framework
- (QLD) Energy (Renewable Transformation and Jobs) Bill
- (NSW) Licensing Proposals
- (NSW) Decennial Liability Insurance
- (QLD) SEQ Connectivity
- (WA) Valuing externalities – Sustainable Engineering Society
- (SA) Registration of engineers
- (SA) Getting STEM into schools – setting up industry reference group with support from Department for Education
- (SA) STEM – meetings with University of Adelaide STEM Academy, Inspired SA
- (SA) Overseas qualified engineers – ongoing work following event attended by Minister for Multicultural Affairs, support from DPC, DIS, Committee for Adelaide
- (SA) SA Planning and Design Code 2021 – amendments to special provisions
- (NT) Review of Secondary Education in the Northern Territory – submission
- (NT) Advocating for wording change to S40 construction declaration (certifying engineer liability and insurance ramifications)
- (NT) Accreditation requirements for subdivision compliance auditors
- (NT) Water security in the territory – response to Territory Water Plan and ongoing participation with a working group
- (NT) Energy security in the territory – ongoing participation with a working group
- (NT) Overseas qualified engineers – Global Engineering Talent (GET) program with Northern Territory Government funding grant