Board support for women in engineering

The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) is encouraging more women to take up engineering as the nation marks International Women’s Day.
Engineering is still largely regarded as a male profession with the number of female engineers numbering just 538 out of the 10,800 registered by BPEQ.
Chairperson Dawson Wilkie said it was important to address the gender imbalance and BPEQ had plans to increase female participation.
“Pleasingly, more and more women are choosing engineering as a profession”, said Mr Wilkie.
“As the body responsible for the administration and registration of engineers in Queensland it’s important that we do our part to promote and encourage this growth in our profession and we are currently looking at ways to achieve this”.
Julie Mitchell, Chief Engineer at the Department of Transport and Main Roads and a board member at BPEQ, said engineering was a great career choice for women.
“There were very few women in engineering when I first joined the workforce”, said Ms Mitchell.
“That is changing and employers have realised that employees, especially women, need workplace flexibility especially when their children are young, this is helping attract and keep women in engineering”.
Under current BPEQ Registrar Clare Murray the number of registered engineers has doubled from 5,000 to more than 10,000 and she says the proportion of registered female engineers is also growing
“In real terms the number of female engineers registered with BPEQ is low, but as a proportion it is increasing each and every year”, said Ms Murray.
“Our challenge is to maintain that upward trajectory”.
The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland is a statutory authority which administers the Professional Engineers Act and registers engineers who practice in Queensland.
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[ENDS] 9 March 2015
Media Contact: Nathaniel Tunney 07 3198 0004

Announcement – CQ University offers new distance education based Bachelors Degree in Emergency Services

Please find below information about a new, first of its kind bachelor degree specifically tailored for those serving in an emergency service or performing an emergency service role within industry, who wish to upgrade their Vocational Education & Training (VET) qualifications. As the Bachelor of Emergency Service (BEmergServ) has been specifically developed for emergency service workers, it offers two entry pathways, substantial blocks of credit in recognition of qualifications and experience, a flexible model of delivery and a curriculum that is aligned with the sector.

A snapshot of the program is provided below; however for more information please visit the CQUniversity Australia website at,-psychology-and-social-work/undergraduate-programs/bachelor-of-emergency-service

To apply or to look at the program structure and various course options, please visit

Program Overview
Name: Bachelor of Emergency Service (BEmergServ)
Entry Requirements: Diploma or Advanced Diploma from the Public Safety Training Package, Health Training Package or other Training Package applicable to an emergency service role.
Recognition of qualification and experience: One year full-time equivalent block credit is awarded for a Diploma qualification or two years full-time equivalent block credit is awarded for an Advanced Diploma qualification
Duration of Study: Two years full-time equivalent study for those entering with a Diploma qualification or one year full-time equivalent study for those entering with an Advanced Diploma qualification.
Study Mode: Distance education, supported by the network of CQUniversity Australia campuses and study centres plus online technologies.
Commencement: Term One 2015
Application process: Apply online at Applications are now open!
Minor Study Options: 1) Safety Science and Fatigue Risk Management; 2) Management; 3) Public Health, Community Safety and Education

For those who already hold undergraduate or post graduate qualifications, CQUniversity Australia is looking to establish a pool of experienced emergency service personnel to contribute to the curriculum development, teaching and related activities of the new Bachelor of Emergency Service on a casual basis. Expressions of interests will be called in the very near future and will appear in major newspapers and major job sites such as Seek, My Career and LinkedIn.

I would encourage you to take a look at this new program and to distribute this information and the attached flyer as widely as possible through your networks.

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The Institution’s journal features contributions from branches around the world, technical perspectives from leading fire engineers and special features on latest developments in global fire engineering.Pavilion Publishing and Media is producing the journal on behalf of the Institution and will supplement the quarterly publication with a comprehensive online service which will include monthly newsletters to all members.