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…

Defence Update: Reviews, Forums and Budget

With many initiatives underway in Defence, we provide a timely update to members. Engineering Workforce Review The engineering and technical workforce review has moved into phase three. This is the phase that is particularly considering strategies for the retention and attraction of the engineering workforce across Defence. It is critical that engineers across Defence (including…

Executive Ready Career Advancement Program

APESMA and Jo Fisher Executive have partnered together to deliver a program to help members take the right steps toward an executive career. When you’re ready to make the move to the very top of your career it is important to seek the right advice and develop the right strategies. The Executive Ready Career Advancement…

APESMA welcomes boost in SA mining and engineering skills

South Australia’s bid to better tap into the resources boom by increasing the state’s engineering trade skills will help the state recover from the ongoing impact of the Global Financial Crisis. CEO of APESMA, Chris Walton, welcomed confirmation of the Government's $38.3 million investment in a new Mining and Engineering Industry Training Centre to develop…