Dr Collette Burke is Victoria’s inaugural Chief Engineer. The Victorian Chief Engineer sits within Office of Projects Victoria and is tasked with providing independent, expert advice on engineering and major projects for the Government.
The Victorian Chief Engineer role was created to ensure Victoria has the engineering advice and skill sets required to deliver major infrastructure projects. This advice is necessary to ensure that current and future projects are delivered to appropriate technical standards, as well as ensuring Victoria has access to engineers with the right skills both now and into the future.
The Victorian Chief Engineer provides independent, expert advice on engineering and major projects to the Government as well as leading key engineering initiatives that translate to societal, environmental and economic benefits.
Engineering enabled industries account for 25 per cent of the gross state product. The Victorian Chief Engineer role also supports engineers as economic enablers by enhancing the engineering profession’s visibility and improving collaboration across government, industries and engineering education across all disciplines.