08 October 2015
This Policy Note provides an update on previously unavailable statistics covering the number of 457 visa holders as well as new approvals.
25 June 2015
This Policy Note discusses declining participation by year 12 students in mathematics and science subjects that are essential for the study of engineering.
18 May 2015
This Policy Note compares infrastructure allocations in the 2015 budget, and compares them to the allocations in the last three budgets.
30 March 2015
This Policy Note analyses changes in the engineering labour market from 2001 to 2014.
17 March 2015
This report examines trends in New South Wales infrastructure development and engineering construction since 2010.
8 December 2014
To prepare this report, the Western Australia division of Engineers Australia initiated and chaired a series of meetings to solicit the views and perceptions of as many organisations involved in the lifecycle of FLNG as possible. Their findings are included in this report.
1 November 2014
This report provides a roadmap, which may be a game changer for the recruitment and retention of women in science, engineering and technology.
26 August 2014
This Policy Note complements an earlier one which investigated trends in permanent migration of engineers.
19 August 2014
This Policy Note shows that the supply of engineers is growing at least as fast as it was during the boom times.
1 August 2014
This Policy Note analyses the experiences of recent engineering graduates to evaluate the prospect of further increases in home grown engineering graduates. The paper uses statistics from the annual survey of graduates undertaken by Graduate Careers Australia (GCA).
4 July 2013
Engineers Australia's Government as an Informed Buyer report presents information on how the public sector can most effectively procure engineering-intensive products and services.
2 June 2014
The Department of Employment has released its May 2014 Vacancies Report which covers trends in job vacancies for engineers to end April 2014 and revisions for previous months.
Before the budget, the cost to students studying at university in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) was capped. This meant that it was no more expensive for students to study engineering at prestigious capital cities compared to regional universities. This cap was removed in the budget and this measure leaves universities free to set fees for their courses.
15 May 2014
Before the budget, the cost to students studying at university in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) was capped. This meant that it was no more expensive for students to study engineering at prestigious capital cities compared to regional universities. This cap was removed in the budget and this measure leaves universities free to set fees for their courses. In addition it was announced that the Commonwealth subsidy will be reduced. At this stage no further details are available until universities begin to exercise their new discretion and the new Commonwealth subsidy levels are announced.
15 May 2014
Amid the cuts to the CSIRO, ANSTO and the Australian Institute of Marine Science in the 2014 Budget, the Government has announced some new approaches to industry policy and innovation. Most initiatives have been funded by abolishing programs in place and rededicating the funds.
15 May 2014
The outlook in the 2013 budget, the last brought down by the previous government, showed subdued economic conditions, reflecting the transition in the economy as the resources sector transitioned from construction to production and the post GFC global economic hang-over. The Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Outlook (PEFO) reinforced this impression. So what macroeconomic changes lay ahead now that the 2014 budget has been announced?
15 May 2014
A time honoured tradition of new governments, of both persuasions, has been to obfuscate comparison with the record of their predecessors. This complicates comparison of the infrastructure investment of the previous government with the announcements in the 2014 budget. This Policy Note aims to make sense of the comparison.
15 May 2014
Discussion of macroeconomic changes lay ahead now that the 2014 budget has been announced
11 May 2014
This Policy Note combines statistics on actual engineering construction up to 2012-13 with projections to 2022-23 estimated by ACIF. Historical average shares for private and public sector shares of economic infrastructure are estimated. Comparing changes in economic infrastructure activity up to the present with expected changes in a similar future period and examining public and private sector shares establishes useful bench marks to evaluate infrastructure budget allocations.
18 March 2014
This Policy Note reports on progress in commencements and completions of university courses in engineering drawing a clear distinction between domestic students can immediately enter the Australian labour market on completion and overseas students who must complete immigration formalities first.
18 February 2014
Engineers Australia's recruitment difficulties survey provides useful information about the nature and direction of changes in the engineering labour market not available from other sources.
12 February 2014
The motor vehicle manufacturing industry is about to undergo radical change and it is important to establish the scale of engineering employment involved to inform decision making. The best statistics for this purpose come from the 2011 census.
2 February 2014
Peak professional body Engineers Australia has released its latest analysis of Australia’s engineering employment market, showing that job vacancies for engineers have fallen for 23 successive months. Engineers Australia says this highlights the parlous state of infrastructure investment in Australia.
Vacancies for engineers in South Australia are at their lowest level in almost a decade, well below their level when the vacancies series began and also well below the low point reached during the GFC. South Australian vacancies for engineers have now fallen for 25 consecutive months with an average fall of 7.8% during 2013, an average 6.7% fall in the last three months with the fall in the latest month equalling this average.
Vacancies for engineers in Tasmania are at their lowest level in almost a decade, well below their level when the vacancies series began and also well below the low point reached during the GFC. Tasmanian engineering vacancies are largely the product of local factors but still exhibited a substantial boom-bust cycle just prior and just after the GFC.
Vacancies for engineers in Queensland have collapsed to about one third their level when the vacancies series began and well below the low point reached during the GFC. Queensland vacancies for engineers have now fallen for 24 consecutive months with an average fall of 7.8% during 2013 and a fall of 5.7% in December.
Vacancies for engineers in Victoria have collapsed to well below their level when the vacancies series began and well below the low point reached during the GFC. Victorial vacancies for engineers have now fallen for 24 consecutive months.
Vacancies for engineers in Western Australia have collapsed to about one third their level when the vacancies series began and well below the low point reached during the GFC. Western Australian vacancies for engineers have now fallen for 19 consecutive months compared to 24 months nationally. Falls averaged 10.6% during 2013, 6.5% during the last three months and there was a fall of 5.5% in December.
Vacancies for engineers in NSW have collapsed to well below their level when the vacancies series began and well below the low point reached during the GFC. NSW vacancies for engineers have now fallen for 23 consecutive months.
This Policy Note uses ABS Engineering Construction statistics to demonstrate that activity in economic infrastructure in Australia has stalled.
22 August 2013
Member Views on Policy and Priorities
This report provides a comprehensive analysis of Engineers Australia's May 2013 member survey on policy views and priorities. The objectives were to obtain information to guide a review of Engineers Australia’s public policies and to help prepare the organisation for the forthcoming federal election.
24 July 2013
The Permanent Skilled Migration of Engineers Policy Note provides statistics and analysis on the role of permanent skilled migration in the composition of Australia's engineering labour force.
16 May 2013
This Policy Note discusses the infrastructure allocations in the 2013 Federal Budget into context by comparing the allocation this year to allocations in the recent past and by examining how the allocations for 2013-14 are distributed between States and Territories.
7 March 2013
Engineers Australia believes it is critical to better understand the issues influencing the retention of engineers in engineering and the impediments to increasing the number of women in engineering, as part of a longer term strategy to improve the domestic supply of engineers. To this end, in 2012 Engineers Australia undertook a comprehensive survey of its members to explore the working lives of engineers. The objective was to identify issues conducive to engineering careers and those that were not with a view to building the background necessary for a long term approach. This report documents the findings of the survey.
28 February 2013
This report is a comprehensive work assessing the current state of Australia’s key infrastructure, including roads, ports, railways, bridges, water, electricity and telecommunications assets. In this report, Engineers Australia revisits the findings of our Infrastructure Report Card series to assess progress in these areas since our last evaluation in 2010.
18 February 2013
This Policy Note examines statistics from the 2006 and 2011 population censuses to show that in practice the engineering profession is actually comprised of numerous distinct labour markets. This has led to substantially different labour market conditions across disciplines, particularly in respect to market growth, the availability of specialist skills and gender balance.
This Policy Note outlines the results of this survey. In most questions a five point priority scale was used with the highest priority being 1 and the lowest priority being 5.
This Policy Note examines statistics from the 2006 and 2011 population censuses to show that in practice this has led to substantially different labour market experiences, particularly in respect to market growth, the availability of specialist skills and gender balance.
29 November 2012
Policy Note - Changes in the Australian engineering labour market
The following Policy Notes examine how key aspects of the engineering labour market have changed between the 2006 and 2011 censuses.
- Changes in the Australian engineering labour market ACT
- Changes in the Australian engineering labour market NSW
- Changes in the Australian engineering labour market NT
- Changes in the Australian engineering labour market QLD
- Changes in the Australian engineering labour market SA
- Changes in the Australian engineering labour market TAS
- Changes in the Australian engineering labour market VIC
- Changes in the Australian engineering labour market WA
19 September 2012
An analysis of the Australian engineering labour market in 2012.
19 September 2012
A state-by-state analysis of the engineering labour market in 2012.
28 June 2012
Written by the Engineers Australia Innovation Taskforce, this report examines the importance of innovation to Australia's development, the role engineers play in this and ways to overcome the barriers facing Australian innovators.
1 June 2012
This article examines whether or not an increase in engineering places at university has affected education outcomes.
1 June 2012
Growth in demand for engineering skills since the early 2000s has seen Australia become dependent on skilled migration to fill shortages.
1 June 2012
The establishment of Infrastructure Australia in 2008 has caused a major shift in infrastructure policy in Australia. This is just the first step toward efficient infrastructure management and planning.
31 May 2012
The OECD's Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) shows that education in engineering enabling subjects in Australia is above average but there is more to be done.
30 May 2012
Engineers Australia's skills shortage survey results.
14 May 2012
A comprehensive study of the current status of women in the engineering profession
8 May 2012
The 2012-13 Federal Budget does little to address vital infrastructure planning.
8 May 2012
An analysis of the 2012-13 Federal Budget allocation of funding for engineering places at university.
8 May 2012
A brief comment on the 2012-13 Federal Budget measures aimed at improving mathematics and science education in schools.
23 March 2012
The paper examines the role that skilled migration has played in the supply of engineers in Australia over the past decade.