Proposed occupational regulatory regime for Engineers

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Submissions closed: 25 June 2021, 5pm

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is consulting on proposed changes to the occupational regulation of engineers.

Engineering covers a range of industries that includes on-site practical construction work as well as office-based design and evaluation work.

While many of New Zealand’s engineers are highly professional, our system for regulating the profession is flawed. Too many engineers operate outside of a regulatory regime, it is hard to hold engineers to account when standards slip, and there are no means of ensuring engineers who practise in particularly high risk fields are competent.

We are now seeking feedback on the following proposed changes to the occupational regulation of engineers.

  1. Establish a new registration scheme for all engineers to ensure a base level of professionalism.

    This would address the issues of engineers practising outside of a regulatory system and the public lacking information on who is competent to practise.

  2. Establish a new licensing regime to regulate who can carry out or supervise engineering work in specified practice fields that have a higher risk of harm to the public.

    This would address the issue of the few restrictions on who can practise in specialised fields.

  3. Set up a new regulator to oversee the registration and licensing process and investigate complaints.

    This would address the issue of the current governance structure not providing sufficient accountability, transparency and independence from the profession.

Your feedback on these proposals will help us ensure they are workable, add value, and minimise costs to the profession.

Submissions close 5pm Friday 25 June 2021.

If you have any questions please contact building@mbie.govt.nz

Last updated: 12 May 2021