Tasmania Division

Serving our members and the engineering profession in Tasmania.

About Engineers Australia Tasmania division

In 1918 the Tasmania Division of the Institution of Engineers was established so that engineers residing in Tasmania would have a local body to join. In August 1919 it became a foundation society member of Engineers Australia. By March 1920, 41 of the 65 Tasmania members had transferred to Engineers Australia membership. By December 1920 the Tasmania Division had 74 members. Mr John H. Butters was our first Chairman.

Until 1986 the Division never really had anywhere to call home. It had moved from office to office with varying contracted secretarial services, mainly provided by accounting firms. However, in 1986 the Division officially established its headquarters in the restored Royal Engineers Building at 2 Davey Street, Hobart.

Engineers Australia nationally has approximately 100,000 members. Locally, the Tasmania Division has almost 1,300 members.

The people of Engineers Australia's Tasmania Division

President Risden Knightley MIEAust CPEng NER
Term: 2016
Deputy President Brendon Gannon FIEAust
Term: 2016
Immediate Past President Tammy Chu FIEAust
Term: 2015
Congress Tasmanian Representative Geoff McDougall FIEAust CPEng
NER Term: 2016-2017
Committee Members Prof Andrew Chan FIEAust
Term: 2016-2017
  David Finnigan FIEAust CPEng
NER Term: 2016-2017
  Phil Gee FIEAust CPEng
NER Term: 2015-2016
  Dr Alan Henderson MIEAust
Term: 2016-2017
  Michael Verrier AMIEAust
Term: 2016-2017


Dr Vicki Gardiner PhD FRACI CChem CompIEAust - General Manager, Tasmania

Dr Gardiner holds a PhD (Chemistry) from Monash University and is a Fellow and former board member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Dr Gardiner has previously held roles in the corporate, government and academic sectors, including Marinova Pty Ltd, AusIndustry (Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) Tasmania, and the Universities of Tasmania, New South Wales and Southampton.

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Dr Diana Nahodil PhD AffilIEAust - Stakeholder Relations Manager

Dr Nahodil holds a PhD (Plant Physiology) from the University of Tasmania and has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Commercialisation.

She has had previous roles with the University of Tasmania as a Research Contracts Officer as well as Project Management roles at the Tasmanian Government in the Department of State Growth with the purpose of encouraging business growth and general engagement in innovation, science and technology.

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Gaylene Taylor - Accounts & Administration Officer

Gaylene looks after our office administration and accounts and assists staff and the General Manager in all areas.

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Tasmania Division Partners


The Beacon Foundation

For the last 28 years, the Beacon Foundation has been supporting young Australians who are at risk of leaving school and facing a potential lifetime of welfare dependence.

We currently work in over 120 communities in need across Australia. Each year, 15,000 students from across these communities are actively engaged in Beacon Foundation programs, which are designed to enable schools to work together with business and communities, providing opportunities for students to bring their learning to life.

Through intensive three year partnerships with low socio-economic status secondary schools Beacon actively engages business, educators and communities to provide opportunities for young people while they’re still at school as a preventative method against disengagement and unemployment.

With a sound knowledge about what is possible into the future, Beacon’s programs then work to prepare that young person for life after school, ensuring they have the skills to be employable and the networks to make the most of future opportunities.

Embedded in our approach is our Real Futures Generation employment program, which was conceived to enable partnerships between schools and business in order to offer young people direct pathways into real jobs.

By building sustainable relationships between schools and businesses students are exposed to the 'real' world of work and the businesses are provided with young people who are prepared to work hard, a truly mutually beneficial model. The result is more young people entering into employment and on track towards a successful career in their chosen field.

With sustainability at its heart the Beacon approach successfully builds capacity in schools by establishing community and business partnerships and through an emphasis on teacher professional development. Within three years, the local relationships are developed to the extent that the program continues as a sustainable solution to youth unemployment into the future, with minimal support from Beacon.

Visit: https://beaconfoundation.com.au/

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Searson Buck

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As Tasmania’s largest provider of recruitment services in the engineering and technical services sector Searson Buck are connected to a broad network of experienced Engineers and Project Managers across a multitude of disciplines including the Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Civil, Geo-technical, Environmental, Structural and technical space.

Our talent networks extend throughout Tasmania, Australia and overseas and as a local organisation we have a vested interest in our “Tassie Come Home” Initiative which allows us to connect with Tasmanian expats who are interested in returning home to continue in their career.

Searson Buck employs a team of dedicated specialist recruiters who know Tasmania and its talent pool giving us the edge when it comes to local knowledge, networks and expertise. As a trusted advisor to organisations around the state we are filling permanent, temporary, contract and on-hired positions on a daily basis. We understand the Tasmanian labour market and have a sound knowledge of the environmental and employment trends and the challenges encountered by local organisations in their search for new staff.

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Tasmania Division awards

Engineers Australia plays an important role in promoting engineering excellence and the contribution engineering makes to the community. Our award programs seek to identify, recognise and reward outstanding achievement, eminence in the practice of engineering, and conspicuous service to the profession.

There are two types of awards offered by Tasmania Division:

Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) Tasmania 2016

Individual Awards

Entries for the following individual awards are now open:

  • Tasmania Professional Engineer of the Year
  • Tasmania Engineering Associate of the Year
  • Tasmania Engineering Technologist of the Year
  • Tasmania Young Professional Engineer of the Year (35 years & under)
  • Tasmania Young Associate of the Year (35 years & under)
  • Tasmania Young Technologist of the Year (35 years & under)

About the Individual Awards

Engineers Australia's Individual Awards are to honour those engineers whose attributes have demonstrated great achievements and leadership within the engineering profession.

Nominations must be submitted to the Division in which the nominee is affiliated and supported by at least one referee who is a financial member of Engineers Australia.

Engineers may self nominate for these awards, or can be nominated by an employer, peer or member of the community.

Nominees are asked to address the five National Criteria which demonstrate their service to the profession, innovation and the community:

  • Contribution to the wellbeing of people and communities.
  • Resourcefulness in the planning and in the solution of design problems.
  • Pioneering in the use of materials and methods.
  • Use of sustainable engineering practices.
  • Innovative design, construction and aesthetic values.

The nominator will also be requested to upload the nominee's CV, 100-word biography and profile picture.

Winners of the Tasmania Division Individual Awards may proceed to the National Individual Awards.

Before completing the nomination criteria, please read the Terms and Conditions.

Conditions of nomination

Nominees must be financial members of Engineers Australia in the relevant grade of membership at the time of nomination.

A third party (such as an employer) can prepare a nomination on behalf of a nominee. However, at least one referee who is a financial member of Engineers Australia must support the nomination.

Nominees must agree to the nomination by accepting the terms and conditions of the nomination in order for it to be successfully submitted. Please see the online nomination form for full conditions of nomination.

Nominations are now closed

Contact us

Office Location and Address

Level 8
188 Collins Street
Hobart  TAS  7000

Postal Address

PO Box 486

Phone and Email

Toll Free: 1300 653 113

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Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm