The Role of the Board

The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) 
regulates the profession of engineering in Queensland. BPEQ traces its history back to 1930, when the then Queensland Government passed the original Professional Engineers Act (the PE Act). The PE Act established BPEQ and created the registered professional engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) system. The University of Queensland's Professor Roger Hawken, was the driving force behind the registration system and assisted the government of the time in its development. The main function of BPEQ is the administration of the PE Act and managing the RPEQ system. 


The objectives of the PE Act are to:  

protect the public by ensuring professional engineering services are provided by a registered professional engineer in a professional and competent way; 
maintain public confidence in the standard of services provided by registered professional engineers; and 
uphold the standards of practice of registered professional engineers. 


BPEQ is empowered to investigate and take disciplinary action against engineers in breach of the PE Act or who demonstrate unsatisfactory professional conduct or service. The PE Act provides a process for persons who are aggrieved by the conduct of a RPEQ to lodge a complaint about the professional conduct or service. 

As a statutory organisation, BPEQ reports to the Minister for Housing and Public Works and has an administrative relationship with the Department of Housing and Public Works. 

Click to view the Professional Engineers Act 2002 or the Professional Engineers Regulation 2003.