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ICE Australasia

ICE Australasia supports members living and working in Australia, New Zealand and other regions in the area.

It shares knowledge, influences public infrastructure policy, and encourages innovation and excellence in the civil engineering profession.

ICE Australasia also aims to raise the profile of civil engineering by working with the media, schools and universities.

Find out more about ICE's work in Australasia, including local events, competitions and awards, the latest civil engineering news, and how you can get more involved.

The ICE manager for Australasia is Annie Leverington.

ICE regions in Australasia

We represent the interests of our international members through a dedicated platform for the following regions in Australasia.

Click on an individual region to find out more.

ICE Australia

There are around 2,340 ICE members living in Australia and working on a huge range of projects across the country.

At the heart of everything we do in Australia are the five ICE representatives and Local Associations, based in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. They help arrange learned society events, visits to ongoing engineering projects and social activities. They also play a vital role in helping to increase the profile of civil engineering.

There is a Mutual Recognition Agreement between ICE and Engineers Australia which provides a streamlined route to membership for Chartered Civil Engineers and CPEng MIEAust in the civil college.

Apply to ICE by this route
Apply to Engineers Australia by this route

As well as the Local Associations, there are several ICE graduate and student groups that support members working towards professional qualification. Professional Review interviews are held annually in Australia, most recently in Sydney and Perth.

Our staff based in Australia support our work in the Australasia region. This includes co-coordinating activities with our members in Australia, supporting our committees and providing membership advice. Staff also support companies running ICE training schemes in the region. For more details please contact us.

Working in Australia

If you're thinking about working in Australia, or need more information about the requirements for working there, we've put together a brief guide to help you.

Explore the sections below to learn more about opportunities available to you in Australia.

If you're considering moving to work in Australia, you will first need to ensure that you meet the relevant migration requirements for the role you intend to do. Australia’s migration criteria for civil engineers place a high emphasis on your engineering academic qualifications and their relevance to the field in which you intend to practise.

If you hold an accredited engineering degree which should be recognised under the Washington, Sydney or Dublin Accord, please make sure you state this explicitly in your visa application.

For UK courses the entry in the Engineering Council Course Search specifies under which Accord it can be recognised. Please note that if your course is listed as “CEng (requires further learning)”, then you must also hold a further learning course listed as “CEng (is further learning)” in order for it to be recognised under the Washington Accord.

For non-UK courses, please check the website of the relevant national engineering accreditation body.

If you hold one or more unaccredited courses, or your course(s) are not accredited for the level or in the area in which you intend to practise, you should expect to have to pass a Migration Skills Assessment before a visa would be granted. This assessment must be conducted by an authority approved by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. For the occupation of Civil Engineer, this assessment has to be done by Engineers Australia. Assessment for the occupations of Civil Engineering Draftsperson or Civil Engineering Technician can be done by VETASSESS.

Please note that your MICE status or the result of an ICE academic assessment or experiential learning assessment is not recognised for migration/visa purposes.

It is a requirement of the Professional Engineers Act (Qld) that professional engineering services in Queensland — or professional engineering services carried out interstate or overseas for a Queensland-based project — are carried out by engineers registered with the Board of Professional Engineers Queensland as an RPEQ. The only exceptions are if an unregistered person carries out a professional engineering service under the direct supervision of a RPEQ who takes full professional responsibility for the service, or if the service is carried out only in accordance with a prescriptive standard.

Before you can apply for RPEQ, you must obtain a letter of assessment from an authorised assessment organisation. Engineers Australia and/or Professionals Australia are authorised to assess for most areas within the field of civil engineering , while the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (Queensland) is authorised to assess for the area of “Civil (public works)”. Membership of the relevant assessment organisation is not a prerequisite for RPEQ assessment.

As of July 2021, a similar requirement will be introduced in Victoria and in New South Wales. Western Australia is now consulting until 3 December 2020 on the registration of building engineers. Registration to practice is not required in South Australia, Tasmania, or the Northern Territory.

  • Find out more about registration in Queensland
  • Find out more about registration in Victoria
  • The parliamentary bill for registration in New South Wales was passed in June 2020. Details about the registration requirements and process for registration are not yet available.

While not formally required for employment purposes, we recognise that many ICE members may wish to join our sister institution Engineers Australia. ICE and Engineers Australia hold a long-standing Mutual Recognition Agreement which provides for a streamlined route to CPEng MIEAust for Chartered Civil Engineers. Please note however that without a Washington Accord qualification you may still have to apply additionally for a stage 1 competency assessment or migration skills assessment if you are not already resident in Australia). Please seek advice from Engineers Australia’s Member Services team about this before applying. Reciprocally, ICE welcomes applications from CPEng MIEAust in the civil college for CEng MICE under our Mutual Recognition route.

In addition, Engineers Australia maintains a National Engineering Register (NER) which some employers may specify for particular job roles. Engineers on the NER may be registered as a Professional Engineer, Engineering Technologist or Engineering Associate. All Chartered members of Engineers Australia are automatically eligible to join the NER at the relevant grade, for an additional annual subscription fee. Alternatively, ICE members can apply to join the National Engineering Register directly as a non-member, without Engineers Australia membership.

If you have any questions about applying to ICE for recognition, or need any advice or assistance in making an application to Engineers Australia, please get in touch with us at [email protected] .

ICE has over 2000 members living and working in Australia, a dedicated Australasia Manager based in Melbourne, and a network of volunteer members to support you. We work closely with Engineers Australia to jointly support the wider civil engineering community. Please visit our dedicated ICE Australia page for more information on the latest events and activities.

Although Engineers Australia is the national engineering body, many of our members will continue to work towards ICE professional qualification or progress to other ICE grades whilst living and working in Australia, particularly those who only plan to stay for a limited period or intend to return to the UK or home country in due course. If you need any support or advice to progress your membership whilst in Australia please contact [email protected].

If you are currently on an ICE training agreement and have any questions about partially completing or transferring your training whilst working in Australia, please get in touch with us at [email protected] .

ICE volunteer representatives

We have five volunteer members in Australia who help arrange ICE activities and promote our work.

Anthony Bennett CEng FICE

Regional Volunteer

Anthony is ICE's representative for the region including Victoria and Tasmania.

Anthony Bennett CEng FICE

Rachel Fowler CEng FICE

Regional Volunteer

Rachel is ICE's representative for New South Wales.

Rachel Fowler CEng FICE

Melinda Lutton CEng FICE

Regional Volunteer

Melinda is ICE's representative for South Australia.

Melinda Lutton CEng FICE

Glen Miney CEng MICE

Regional Volunteer

Glen is ICE's representative for Queensland & Northern Territory.

Glen Miney CEng MICE

Chris Grant CEng MICE

Regional Volunteer

Chris is ICE's representative for Western Australia.

Chris Grant CEng MICE

If you have a query and your region is not represented above, please contact us at [email protected].

ICE New Zealand

There are around 750 ICE members living in New Zealand and working on a huge range of projects across the country.

At the heart of everything we do in New Zealand are the two ICE representatives and the Local Associations, which are based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. They help arrange events, visits to ongoing engineering projects and social activities. They also play a vital role in helping to increase the profile of civil engineering.

As well as the Local Associations, there are several ICE graduate and student groups that support members working towards professional qualification. Professional Review interviews are held annually in New Zealand, most recently in Auckland.

Our staff based in Australia support our work in the Australasia region. This includes co-ordinating activities with our members in New Zealand, supporting our committees and providing membership advice. Staff also support companies running ICE training schemes in the region. For more details please contact us.

There is an Admissions Pathway Agreement between the Engineering Council, ICE and Engineering New Zealand which provides a streamlined route to membershipfor our professionally qualified members.

Apply to ICE by this route
Apply to Engineering New Zealand by this route

If you’re living in New Zealand and have any questions, then please contact us for more information or help.

ICE has one local association in New Zealand.

Find out what they do and how you can get involved.

The New Zealand Local Association arranges events, visits to ongoing engineering projects and social activities for ICE members based in New Zealand.

This gives members opportunities to share knowledge and network with other engineering professionals.

The New Zealand Local Association is always looking for new committee members. If you have a few hours to spare we'd be pleased to have you on board. Please contact [email protected] to express your interest.

Contact: - [email protected]

Committee members
Name Position
Matthew Thomson ICE Regional Representative
Sam Best Chair
Andy Butlin Hon. Treasurer
Dilip Datta Membership Secretary
Andrew Goldie Regional Representative – Wellington
Andrew Bird Regional Representative – Dunedin
Ruth Bullen Regional Representative – Christchurch
Stephen Raynor Regional Representative – Tauranga
Jivir Viyakesparan Regional Representative – Hamilton
Robert White Professional Review Officer
Nigel McCreight Review Preparation Group
Skye Dick STEM Lead
Edward Collin Learned Society
Ana Leon Ferreiro Young Professionals Representative
Andrew Stratten Committee Member
Ciarán Fitzgerald Committee Member
Nat Warmington Committee Member

ICE volunteer representative

We have a volunteer member in New Zealand who helps arrange ICE activities and promote our work.

Matthew Thomson CEng FICE

Regional Volunteer

Regional volunteer 

Matthew Thomson CEng FICE

If you have a query and your region is not represented above, please contact us at [email protected].

Other regions

If you have a query and your region is not represented above, please contact us at [email protected].