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.

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Government announcement: engineer registration

The Victorian Government has made progress on its election commitment to introduce mandatory engineer registration, releasing a public consultation paper. Professionals Australia’s advocacy efforts back in 2012 resulted in the election commitment and our ongoing efforts have been driven the production and release of the consultation paper. We will be making a formal response and…

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…

APEA Election Notice 2016

Engineering members of Professionals Australia (APESMA) who are also members (free of charge) of Professionals Australia (APESMA’s) state registered counterpart union (APEA) are entitled to nominate for an APEA office. Nominations are invited for eligible members under the rules of APEA to stand as candidates for election to the APEA Committee (10 positions). After the…

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Hydro Tasmania’s priorities called into question

This article was originally published on the ABC online on August 29 2016 by Richard Baines. To read the original, click here. Hydro Tasmania’s executives rake in big bonuses in lead-up to energy crisis There are concerns Hydro Tasmania’s incentive payments scheme is prioritising profit over energy security. Over the last three years, millions of…