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Civil Engineering Career Information

Occupation statistics

49,800 civil engineering professionals in Australia1

10,756 civil engineering professionals in Victoria (21.6%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$1,6342

Average weekly hours 43.83

View the Job Outlook website for career and labour market research information on this occupation.

A civil engineer checking a water way 

Victoria is currently offering visa nomination for eligible civil engineers. To be eligible to apply civil engineers must meet Victoria's minimum eligibility requirements and address the nomination assessment requirements for the occupation.  See the Occupation Lists for more information.

More detailed information about applying for Victorian Government visa nomination is available in the Visas and Immigration section.

Licensing and registration

Civil engineers working in the building industry are required to be licensed. For information, contact:

Building Commission

The Goods Shed
733 Bourke Street, Docklands
VIC, 3008, AUS
Tel: 1300 815 817
Fax: 61 3 9618 9062


Think about applying for licensing and registration before you arrive in Australia, once you have your visa, as the process can take some time.

Industry contacts

Professional bodies and industry associations are a good source of information about civil engineers in Victoria.

  • Engineers Australia is the major industry body for engineers. It is a valuable source of information and resources. Its publications include the Engineering Employment Handbook and the Salary and Benefits Survey. Engineers Australia hosts networking events offering employment linkages and runs industry seminars.
  • Engineers Victoria is the Victorian branch of Engineers Australia. It provides links to professional development and networking activities.
  • Engineering Education Australia provides information on professional development and corporate learning programs. In some circumstances it is possible for engineering technologists to upgrade their qualifications to professional engineer status.

Finding a job

Civil engineers are employed across several industries including: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; Public Administration and Safety; and Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.3

Websites and information


We suggest that you only apply for jobs when your visa to live and work in Australia has been issued. The visa application process can take time, and employers are less likely to employ you if you don’t know when you will arrive in Australia and don’t have a work visa.

To search for Victorian recruiters who specialise in civil engineers, visit the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association's Member Index.

For more general information on Victoria’s job market, including where and how to find jobs, and workplace culture, visit our Working and Employment section.

Migrating to Victoria

If you are not an Australian citizen you will need a visa to enter Australia. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is responsible for all Australian visas.

Some visas require state nomination.  Victoria offers state nomination for eligible skilled migrants and business migrants

Australian skills assessment 

For information on obtaining an Australian skills or qualification assessment, and the licensing or registration requirements for practicing your occupation in Australia, see the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

1 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook – Occupation pages – Employment levels. Retrieved March 8 2012 from

2 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages. Retrieved March 8 2012 from Please note that wages will vary according to your level of skill and qualification. For more information about your wage earning potential, visit the job seeker sites listed above under Finding a Job.

3 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages - Prospects for Employment. Retrieved March 8 2012 from