WA sends SOS – Save Our Services

APESMA’s WA branch has joined the Save Our Services (SOS) campaign in response to the Barnett Government’s plan to reduce the quality of public services in WA. Karene Walton, WA director of APESMA said that after announcing in last year's budget that it would cut funding to public services by $300 million, the government made…

Report supports asbestos removal by 2030

A plan to make Australia asbestos-free by 2030 must start with government, says a report from a two-year national inquiry into asbestos removal. APESMA CEO Chris Walton welcomed the Government’s release of the Asbestos Management Review’s report and said that there must now be action to get rid of the carcinogen. “The report recommended that…

Water Corporation moves goalposts

Last year Water Corporation acknowledged that there was a problem with pay for technical professionals, APESMA has now responded to flaws in a recent report into the matter. Water Minister Bill Marmion raised the ire of many when he acknowledged that the Water Corporation's pay policy was set at the market median – even though…

Greens policy at odds with intelligent island: Experts

Electricity and renewable energy professionals have questioned the Tasmanian Greens’ recent policy announcement to sell off Entura, the consulting division of Hydro Tasmania. Hydro’s Entura division provides technical, engineering and scientific advice to Hydro’s divisions on the development and implementation of renewable energy infrastructure and production in Tasmania. Entura is one of the largest hubs…

More potholes due to Baillieu government cuts

Victorian Government engineers have warned that because Victoria’s road maintenance funding has been cut by 60 per cent road users will experience more potholes, speed restrictions and failing roads. Victorian Director of APESMA, Bede Payne, said the cuts would lead to a dramatic increase in potholes and unsafe roads. “Like the cars that drive on…

Young Engineers Need Skills Boost

Below is an edited excerpt of APESMA CEO Chris Walton’s speech yesterday to the Australian Engineering Week’s forum – Adequate Infrastructure – Achievable Goal or Pipe Dream? There is little doubt that Australia’s ability to deliver infrastructure is being significantly hampered by a lack of available skills. In fact this was one of the main…

Here’s a devil of an engineering challenge

Are you an engineer that can think like a devil? The Save the Tasmanian Devil Program is looking for Australian engineers to design a road grid that stops Tasmanian devils in their tracks. Devil Facial Tumour Disease threatens the existence of Tasmanian devils, with more than 90 per cent of the population in some areas…

Where are the engineering skills shortages?

This week the Commonwealth Government released new a data set showing the number of vacancies per month for different types of engineers in Australia. Like most professions the growth of vacancies has been hit by Australia’s relatively limited exposure to the Global Financial Crisis, particularly in civil engineering.   However since the start of 2010…

Beating The Bullies

Workplace bullying takes forms and you don’t have to put up with any of them. All employers have a legal obligation to protect employees from bullying.    Bullying is a serious concern for a disturbingly large proportion of employees. Nearly a third of respondents to WorkPro's 2011 Workplace Pulse Quarterly survey said they had been…