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Office of Victorian Chief Engineer

Dr Collette Burke is Victoria’s inaugural Chief Engineer. The Victorian Chief Engineer sits within the Office of Projects Victoria and is tasked with providing independent, expert advice on engineering and major projects for the Government.

This advice is necessary to ensure that current and future projects are delivered on time and within budget, as well as ensuring Victoria has access to engineers with the right skills to achieve this.

Engineering enabled industries account for 25 per cent of the gross state product. The Victorian Chief Engineer role supports engineers as economic enablers by enhancing the engineering profession’s visibility and improving collaboration across government, industries, engineering education across all disciplines.

The Victorian Chief Engineer also provides independent, expert advice on engineering and major projects to the Government as well as lead key engineering initiatives which translate to societal, environmental and economic benefits.

Dr Collette Burke

Dr Collette Burke has more than 25 years’ experience in the engineering & construction industry. Dr Burke’s experience covers a wide-range of sectors and industries, such as: telecommunications, road, tunnel, rail, building, manufacturing and marine.  

Dr Burke is in key management positions within major engineering consultancy and education firms, Exner Group and Karsta, as well as a Director on the VicTrack board.

With a PhD in risk management, Dr Burke is an internationally-acknowledged researcher and has worked as a senior lecturer and course advisor at University of Melbourne and RMIT University.

Dr Burke believes in early exposure to engineering and science, technology, engineering and maths is critical for young people. This is particularly true for improving the representation of women in the engineering workforce.

Contact us

The Office of Victorian Chief Engineer can be reached via phone on 03 9651 1690, or email at, or via post Level 5, 1 Treasury Place, East Melbourne, 3002 Victoria.


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