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


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Recommended CPD point allocation: 3 points (excluding WA).

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

Contracts for engineering work are increasingly requiring compliance with this legislation. The BPEQ is active in enforcing compliance with the Professional Engineers Act (Qld) 2002, particularly in respect of registration, provision of services by unregistered interstate and overseas engineers, and supervision of unregistered engineers. It is imperative that engineers understand how the legislation operates and what is involved in carrying out "professional engineering services" as that term is defined in the Act.

Professional liability risk must also be considered. Engineers are routinely responsible for design, oversight and certification of projects valuing millions of dollars. The community relies on the design to be structurally sound, safe and long lasting and because of this, engineers can find themselves as participants in official inquiries and Court proceedings.

This workshop draws on more than 20 years of commercial litigation experience in court cases and in advising ways to minimise exposure to legal disputes. Tim also has specific expertise in advising engineers on the operation of the Professional Engineers Act (Qld) 2002.

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?
  • Insurance coverage
  • Risk management – communication is key
  • Without prejudice communications
  • Personnel and teams
  • “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.
Event Details
5 August
8.15am for 8.30am - 12.45pm
Cost: Inc GST
$708 per person
$638 per person if booking two weeks before the workshop
$603 per person if in a group of three or more 
Clayton Utz Brisbane
Level 28, 71 Eagle Street 
Further information:
Phone 1800 882 110
Email [email protected]

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What our clients say about our Legal Obligations of Engineers workshop

"Experienced and practical knowledge was evident. Tim was very engaging and held attention of the group."

"Very worthwhile training session to understand my obligations."

"Not being an RPEQ Engineer it has given me a good insight what my role should be daily."

"A complex topic for my business. This workshop has helped answer a number of my questions."

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.

Recommended CPD point allocation: 3 points (excluding WA).
If this particular educational activity is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law, then you should claim one CPD unit for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included. Please contact your Professional Body for your state.