SA public sector engineers are calling on Govt to stop the leaks in infrastructure spending by investing in engineers – the lowest paid public sector engineers in Aust.
No-one wants to pour money down the drain.
Especially not $2.3 billion.
But up to 20% of the record $11.4 billion to be spent on state infrastructure projects is set to be wasted because the South Australian State Government has failed to invest in South Australian engineers.
A recent report found that Government could waste up to 20% of its infrastructure spending if it does not have experienced engineers to plan its projects properly.
We all welcome the investment to improve SA's rail, roads, and other infrastructure. But wouldn't it be even better if we could do this without costly blowouts that could cut into other public services?
And wouldn't it be better knowing that our tax dollars went into ensuring SA's future rather than losing our engineers to other states or even overseas?
And wouldn't it be even better if we invested in developing public sector engineering expertise in SA knowing that Australia's skills shortage is about to get even worse?
Of course it would.
So why are SA's public sector engineers the lowest paid in the country – often earning 25 – 35 % less than engineers in the other states' public service?
APESMA is calling on the South Australian Premier to stop wasting taxpayers' money and invest in South Australian engineering talent instead.
We want the SA government to:
1. Commit to attracting and retaining SA engineers in line with the investment in South Australian infrastructure.
2. Pay our public sector engineers fair rates of pay.
3. Commit to developing our own engineering capacity to properly scope projects and avoid costly blowouts.
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