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Annual Report 2011/2012 Professional Standards Councils



Annual Report 2011/2012 Professional Standards Councils

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32 Professional Standards Councils Annual Report 2011-12 A u S tR A li A n C A P it A l te R R it o R y | n e w S o u th w A le S | n o R th e R n t e R R it o R y | Q u e e n S lA n d | S o u th A u S tR A li A | t A S m A n iA | V iC to R iA | w e S te R n A u S tR A li A Engineers Australia Engineers Australias risk management plan applies across Australia and its annual report to the Councils covers all the Australian States and Territories. It reported to the Professional Standards Councils that its risk management strategies for 2011 were: Professional standing Code of ethics Continuing professional development Quality control standards Technical standards Advisory and support services Complaints and discipline Compliance program Insurance costs. Engineers Australia reported extensive programs of continuing professional development (CPD) across Australia. These were delivered through a diverse range of formats from international conferences, seminars and workshops, eminent speaker presentations and individual technical meetings. Members are required to undertake a prescribed number and range of CPD activities in any three-year period. During 2011, Engineers Australia groups hosted and co-hosted 19 national and international conferences which attracted some 5,000 delegates. Nine eminent speakers gave presentations in metropolitan and regional centres to nearly 5,000 members. Engineers Australia designated 2011 as the Year of Humanitarian Engineering, with a focus on activities associated with the role engineering plays in improving the quality of life in not only disaster and recovery relief, but also on the broader contributions that engineering makes across many spheres of life. Capturing the intellectual value of its technical publications is a key focus of Engineers Australia. Every year, Engineers Australias publications are becoming more visible to local and international users. Over 34,000 full text papers available across 12 Engineers Australia journals, 324 conference proceedings and 55 reports are accessible through InfoRMIT. The bibliographic database, Engine, also has over 42,000 published papers. Fourteen issues of technical journals were published during the year. Engineers Australia maintains separate information on CPD delivery for each State and Territory. For more detail on CPD, see the State and Territory summary data in later pages. Engineers Australia completed its annual cycle of CPD audits and reported a strong increase in the number of members becoming chartered. During 2011, Engineers Australia received 17 complaints against 20 members. Three complaints were received against nonmembers of Engineers Australia. Two complaints against engineering firms were not within the remit of Engineers Australia to investigate. As has historically been the case, the issues complained about are associated primarily with domestic housing projects and related contractual and legal issues. Engineers Australia advised that it contributes to the development of the insurance industrys understanding of the engineering profession by participating in the Liability Reform Steering Group.