COVID-19 UPDATE

Posted: 30 March 2020

Important information concerning RPEQ registration renewals for 2020/21

Under the Professional Engineers Act 2002 (Act) RPEQs are registered for a period of 12 months up until 30 June. RPEQs are required to renew their registration during the renewal period (1 April – 31 May).

Due to the uncertain situation caused by the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ), in consultation with the Queensland Government, will postpone the registration renewal period. The revised dates for the renewal period are:

1 MAY 2020 – 30 JUNE 2020

Advice to manage the effects of COVID-19 on businesses is fast changing. BPEQ will continue to engage with the government about registration renewals and advise RPEQs of any changes to the renewal process.

In the meantime, BPEQ encourages all RPEQs to be renewal ready by updating their contact details.

RPEQs are also reminded that the category of Non-Practising is available for RPEQs who are not carrying out professional engineering services and do not need to be registered. Non-Practising allows RPEQs to keep their registration status and reduces the registration fee and continuing professional development hours. RPEQs are able to change their status from Non-Practising to Practising at any stage during the registration year.

Further Information

BPEQ will keep customers and stakeholders updated on additional business continuity measures and operational changes.

Please contact BPEQ at admin@bpeq.qld.gov.au or call 07 3210 3100 if you have any questions.

Posted: 24 March 2020

The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is impacting many businesses and their capacity to provide customer service.

The health and wellbeing of our customers, our staff and the wider community is our number one priority and the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) is taking measures to continue its functions but reduce the chances of spreading the disease.

From Monday, 23 March 2020 BPEQ will be implementing the following measures for the foreseeable future:

  • staff will commence working from home, with limited staff remaining in the office to continue the Board’s essential functions;
  • BPEQ will use videoconferencing or teleconferencing for all essential future meetings, including Board meetings;
  • customers are asked to submit paperwork (e.g. registration applications) by post and not attend the BPEQ office in person;
  • any BPEQ hosted events or events it was participating will be cancelled or postponed;
  • staff will not undertake any air travel for work purposes and will be encouraged to only take personal travel for essential reasons. Staff will follow the government’s 14-day quarantine requirement for international travel, effective 16 March 2020;
  • staff are following Queensland Health’s requirements and BPEQ management is communicating regularly with staff including extensive information around personal and workspace hygiene.

With reduced staff remaining in the office there may be delays in responding to matters. BPEQ staff do appreciate your patience and understanding, particularly ahead of the registration renewal period beginning 1 April 2020.

Business Continuity Framework

The following is the framework to ensure the functions of the Board continue during the COVID-19 situation:

Service Delivery

Essential Services

Essential services outlined in the Professional Engineers Act 2002 (Qld) will continue to be delivered and include:

– Processing and approving applications for registration and renewal
– Maintaining and providing access to the register
– Publishing the continuing registration requirements
– Processing essential financial transactions including staff pays

Other Services

Other services including responding to complaints, legal and compliance matters and investigations of RPEQs, as well as the communications and engagement activities will continue to be managed and delivered from remote locations.

Dependencies

IT

The Board’s ICT service delivery providers have business continuity plans in place to implement measures and restrictions to non-essential services to enable the availability of pre-defined core services.

HR

From 23 March 2020, the Board will have limited staff available in the Brisbane office to ensure essential services continue to be delivered. All other services will be delivered from remote locations.

Accomodation

From 23 March 2020, the Board office located at 53 Albert Street, Brisbane will be closed to the public. Alternative accommodation for essential services will be negotiated, if required.

Project/Supply Impacts

Supply Chain

All major suppliers of goods and services have confirmed they can continue to deliver the required services. Staff in the office will work with the suppliers as required.

Major Projects

The registration and renewal processes will continue to be delivered within the advertised timeframes commencing from 1 April 2020.

Events

All Board hosted events will be postponed until further notice. Additionally, Board staff will not be travelling for work purposes until further notice.

Further Information

BPEQ will keep customers and stakeholders updated on additional business continuity measures and operational changes.

Please contact BPEQ at admin@bpeq.qld.gov.au or call 07 3210 3100 if you have any questions.