Treasurers Should Look to Engineers for Infrastructure Savings

Today’s meeting of state and federal treasurers should discuss ways to increase their own engineering capacities or risk wasting more billions of dollars on badly delivered infrastructure projects. CEO of Association of Professional Engineers Australia, Chris Walton, said Commonwealth Treasurer Joe Hockey was right to put infrastructure on the agenda for today's meeting but governments…

QLD move to change Industrial Relations Act

The Queensland Government has moved to change the Industrial Relations Act 1999 to limit union negotiating outcomes and access to members. The proposed changes affect: Arrangements for employment security Delegates rights Scope of coverage of awards Organisational change provisions in agreements Policy incorporation provisions in agreements Training arrangements Workload management Delivery of services Workforce planning…

DMO appoints Head of Engineering

The Defence Materiel Organisation has embraced one of the key recommendations of the Senate Inquiry into Engineering Skill Shortages. The Defence Materiel Organisation has embraced one of the key recommendations of the Senate Inquiry into Engineering Skill Shortages and a number of Defence reviews (including the Technical Regulatory Framework Workforce Review) by appointing Mark Devlin…

Amnesty call to help Sudanese female engineer

A 35-year-old civil engineer is set to be flogged next month after she refused to wear a headscarf, and has been accused of breaching Sudan’s strict dress laws. On 27 August this year Ms Amira Osman Hamed was arrested by Sudan’s Public Order Police and charged with wearing “indecent dress” under article 152 of Sudan’s…

Abbott Government Urged To Quarantine Engineers From Budget Cuts

Australia’s engineers should be quarantined from any budget cuts recommended by the Federal Government’s new Commission of Audit or it will risk billions of dollars of infrastructure blowouts. CEO of Association of Professional Engineers Australia, Chris Walton, said the Government should respond to the recent Senate inquiry into engineering skills shortages, Chaired by Liberal Senator…