Engineering is fundamental to almost every goal we have as a nation. It is absolutely critical to positioning us for the future as a leader in science and R&D-driven innovation and to ensuring our ongoing economic prosperity in a rapidly-changing global environment. While it is difficult to quantify the exact value of engineering, determining the economic contribution of engineering-enabled industries is one way of assessing the value that engineers create in Australia. While these industries employ a wide range of personnel, their products and services in most cases would not be possible without the contribution of engineers and their skills. In Australia, engineering-enabled industries contributed $479 billion in gross value added in 2014-15, or as much as 32 per cent of national gross value added. Without the vital work of our engineers, these industries would be unable to operate and many of the businesses that have made Australia great would cease to be viable.
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