Lowy Institute identifies need for skilled migration reform

The Lowy Institute for International Policy has released a report assessing the benefits and challenges of contemporary economic and skilled migration in Australia, Economic Migration and Australia in the 21st Century. The report finds that while increased intakes of skilled immigrants have assisted structural transitions in Australia’s economy and delivered tangible benefits, significant challenges have…

Engineering, not rocket-science will fix infrastructure waste

Over the past fifteen years, Australians have paid $28 billion more than they budgeted for on transport infrastructure because of government reliance on outsourced advice. The Grattan Institute’s report, Cost overruns in transport infrastructure, reviewed 836 infrastructure projects valued at over $20 million and concluded that infrastructure decisions based on politics instead of public good…

MPs are catching on

Engineers deserve respect, and MPs are catching on. On Friday, Lisa Chesters MP met with The Association’s CEO Chris Walton to discuss the state of the engineering workforce and ways to unlock its potential. Ms Chesters’ electorate of Bendigo in Victoria is home to a strong network of Defence industries, a critical component of our…

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Call for reform of skilled migration policy in WA

Recent figures reveal 21,877 skilled migrants came to WA in 2015-16, when the State’s unemployed hit 44,700. Industry experts told a Curtin University/WestBusiness Outlook Series roundtable event government and industry should invest in education and training to ensure migrant workers did not crowd out opportunities for locals. Additionally, the State should foster an environment for…

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Two Metro Tunnels worth of waste if Government doesn’t act

MEDIA RELEASE: 4th October 2016 The $100 billion draft Victorian 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy could cost Victorians up to an extra $21.2 billion unless the Government re-builds its engineering capacity, according to Professionals Australia. Professionals Australia, the national association for technical professionals, argues that because of Government’s outsourcing, infrastructure projects are experiencing blow-outs of between 6.5…

ElectraNet warned of tower risk long ago

By Rebecca Puddy The operator of South Australia’s high-voltage electricity transmission infrastructure was warned of the risk of tower collapse a decade ago because of poor maintenance, sparking calls for more investment in Australia’s power network in the wake of South Australia’s statewide blackout. The transmission company ElectraNet in South Australia owns and operates some…

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…

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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.