Update: Engineers Registration Bill 2018

The Department of Treasury and Finance has updated the Frequently Asked Questions about the Engineers Registration Bill 2018.  This Bill was passed by the Legislative Assembly in March and was introduced into the Legislative Council in May and is currently in its Second Reading.   The FAQs were updated in consultation with engineering professionals like you, industry stakeholders and the Victorian public through stakeholder meetings,…

mcgowan cuts skilled migration

McGowan cuts engineers from WA skilled migration list

WA Premier Mark McGowan has followed through on his election commitment by cutting all engineering professions from the West Australian Skilled Migration Occupations List (WASMOL). APEA has campaigned to have engineering professions removed from the Skilled Occupations List (SOL), as employment statistics from the Federal Government highlight no shortage of engineers in Australia. We’re still…

Are state governments engineering our economic prosperity?

Are state governments engineering our economic prosperity? A changing economy The Australian economy is in transition. Government infrastructure spending is counterbalancing the effects of the downturn in mining and the close-out of automotive industries. In this transitional period, while private companies have slowed their spending and consumers are holding record private debt, the importance of…

North coast RMS trip

Engineering action for better roads hits the North Coast

Last week Roads and Maritime Engineers and Local Council Engineers were organising together on the North Coast of NSW. Engineers met in Port Macquarie, Grafton, and Ballina to talk about the issues facing the engineering professionals in the roads industry, and what can be done to ensure recognition for the skills that they bring to the table, as the State Government continues its record infrastructure spend of $73.3bn over the next 4 years.

Productivity Commission report on migration released

The government has released the Productivity Commission’s report on ‘Migrant Intake into Australia’, after receiving it in April. The report calls for reforms to the country’s immigration system, to better target younger, more skilled migrants, with better English skills. The report is emphatic that migration is good for both the economy and the budget, but firmly…