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…

How much is an engineering grad worth?

According to Australia’s most comprehensive engineering salary survey, compiled by APESMA, a starting graduate can expect to earn almost $60,000 on average. APESMA’s Director of Surveys, Domenic Angerame, said while the median graduate engineer earned $59,835, there were great variations depending on your industry and engineering discipline. “This year’s survey showed that electrical engineering grads…

APESMA welcomes $45m patch for Victorian roads

APESMA has welcomed a $45 million patch to road maintenance in Victoria, after publicly condemning the Baillieu government cuts that slashed maintenance operations earlier this year. “Roads engineers have been saying to government for years that there is desperate need for greater investment in road maintenance – to ensure the safety of the network and…

Grand prix fans at risk because of damaged roads

APESMA has joined motorcyclists saying that grand prix fans will be at risk traveling on damaged roads to Phillip Island this weekend. Riders familiar with the roads of South Gippsland say they are in poor condition, including the Bass Highway to Melbourne, with many rough patches that are dangerous to motorbike riders. VicRoads spokesman Travers…