Legal Obligations of Engineers, the Professional Engineers Act and the role of the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland


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The legal responsibilities placed on professional engineers are both significant and varied. The aim of this workshop is to provide practical steps engineers can take to minimise risk for themselves and their organisations.

As specifically stated in the Board of Professional Engineers Queensland (BPEQ) Code of Practice for Registered Professional Engineers, engineers have an obligation to take reasonable steps to “safeguard the health, welfare, and the safety of the community”. This must be undertaken with due regard to the environment and the sustainability of the resources employed.

The BPEQ has recently been very active in enforcing compliance with the Professional Engineers Act (Qld) 2002, particularly in respect of registration, provision of engineering services by unregistered interstate and overseas engineers, and supervision of unregistered engineers. Contracts for engineering work are increasingly requiring compliance with this legislation.

In addition, engineers face other professional liability risks. Because engineers routinely have responsibility for the design, oversight and certification of projects worth millions of dollars and the community looks to engineers to design buildings and infrastructure which will be structurally sound, safe and long lasting, they can find themselves as participants in official inquiries and Court proceeding.

This workshop draws on over 20 years of commercial litigation experience acting for companies in court cases and in advising on ways to minimise exposure to legal disputes.

Who should attend our Legal Obligations of Engineers workshop?

  • Engineers (both private and public sector).
What we'll cover
  • The operation of the Professional Engineers Act
  • Compliance and enforcement issues under the Act
  • The positions being adopted by the BPEQ on compliance
  • Registration of interstate and international engineers
  • Duty of care
  • Standard of care
  • Supervision – what is supervision and what is not?
  • Tenders
  • Acceptance of offers
  • Contract pitfalls
  • Insurance coverage
  • Risk management – communication is key
  • Without prejudice communications
  • Personnel and team
  • “Bush” lawyers
  • Disclosure and lawyer-client privilege
  • Emails
  • Inadequate scoping
  • Selection of contractors
  • What to do if there is an incident
  • Case studies.
What you'll learn

This workshop will provide you with the skills and practical tools to:

  • Address compliance issues under the Professional Engineers Act
  • Understand the BPEQ’s interpretation of the legislation
  • Identify the legal obligations imposed on engineers
  • Identify legal issues before they develop into disputes
  • Minimise risk and avoid litigation
  • Be a witness or deal with regulators.
Event Details
7 November 2019
8.15am for 8.30am - 12.45pm
Cost: Inc GST
$687 per person
$618 per person if booking two weeks before the workshop
$584 per person if in a group of three or more 
Clayton Utz Brisbane
Level 28, 71 Eagle Street 
Further information:
Phone 1800 882 110

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What our clients say about our Legal Obligations of Engineers workshop

"Workshop material is very relevant to my work. I intend to summarise my learnings and present to board and stakeholders."

"Excellent session. Very practical and balanced. Highly recommended."

"I now have a clearer understanding of the Act and how it applies to me personally and for my organisation."

Support when you need it the most

As a participant of our program you'll have comfort in knowing that you can depend on us for ongoing support. Whether it be two weeks or two years after the workshop, you can call us at any time for a short, no-cost consultation.