It is a requirement of the Professional Engineers Act (QLD) that professional engineering services in Queensland or for Queensland are carried out by a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) or alternatively by a person who carries out the services under the direct supervision of a RPEQ who is ultimately responsible.
Migration Queensland requires offshore applicants applying under engineering occupations to obtain evidence of registration (where specified against their occupation on the QSOL) with the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ). If you are an onshore applicant and do not have BPEQ registration, you can only currently work in a professional engineering role in Queensland under direct supervision of a RPEQ who is ultimately responsible.
Queensland is currently the only Australian jurisdiction to apply a comprehensive registration system for engineers. However, other states are said to soon follow suit.
There are currently 26 areas of engineering recognised by BPEQ. BPEQ works with professional organisations to define these areas of engineering, which range from aeronautical to civil engineers, chemical to naval architects. The registration system ensures a high standard of practice exists within Queensland across all areas of engineering.
If you are required to have the BPEQ registration, you must obtain it prior to lodging an Expression of Interest in SkillSelect.
For more information about BPEQ registration, please contact them:
Street address: Level 15, 53 Albert Street Brisbane 4000
Contact number: 07 3210 3100
Please note that onshore and offshore applicants must still have a skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority. A Skills Migration Assessment does not meet the assessment criteria for BPEQ registration. See Engineers Australia for more information about skills assessments and the National Engineering Register.