January 2016

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The State of the Engineering Profession

The State of the Engineering Report addresses the policy priorities of Engineers Australia in 2015-16. It presents Engineers Australia's position on a number of key issues facing the economy and community, while also providing national policy ideas that will benefit the nation in the long-term.

October 2015

Unclogging the pipeline: The critical role of State Infrastructure Planning Authorities

Engineers Australia is well placed to comment on infrastructure matters. Engineers Australia supports the establishment of State Infrastructure Planning Authorities (IPAs) to assist Governments and the community to make judgments about infrastructure priorities, undertake long term planning, and help inform the work of Infrastructure Australia. Full policy. Snapshot Summary.

December 2014

Energy Security for Australia: Crafting a comprehensive energy security policy

Energy Security for Australia Report recognises that energy security is not an isolated, economic matter for government; it’s a highly technical and complex social issue which requires a whole of government, whole of nation approach. The Report analyses Australia’s current energy security flaws and maps out a pathway to a stronger energy future. The Report will broaden energy security discussion and subsequent policy development beyond the standard economic view to encompass other areas – such as defence, welfare and liquid fuel security – putting Australia on a path toward more resilient energy security settings.

November 2014

Sustainability Policy

This Sustainability Policy is supported by an Implementation Plan, which articulates specific changes to engineering practice that arise from adoption of this Policy.

November 2014

Climate Change Policy

This Climate Change Policy has been developed to enable organisational governance on the problem, and provide support for members in the discipline and practice of the engineering profession.

19 August 2010

Policy Statement - Assistive Technology and an Ageing Population (August 2010)

The statement recommends changes to Federal and State government policies to recognise the role of assistive technology (AT) for the aged population, seeks prioritised research in this area and recommends standardisation of regulations to mobility devices. It promotes the inclusion of rehabilitation engineers in trans-disciplinary teams that provide AT for the aged, and also seeks the recognition of professional rehabilitation engineers in the National Register for Health Practitioners.

19 August 2010

Policy Statement - Assistive Technology for Australians (August 2010)

The policy statement promotes the appropriate provision of assistive technology and seeks recognition of the role of technology in the National Disability Agreement. It also recommends the development of more efficient and nationally consistent models of service delivery and changes to funding models, as well as the inclusion of rehabilitation engineers in AT provision, and seeks the recognition of professional rehabilitation engineers in the National Register for Health Professionals.

25 November 2009

Policy Statement Engineering for Defence (Nov 2009)

The capability and responsiveness of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is highly dependent on its technological edge, which depends on a range of expertise, particularly engineering. This policy statement outlines the key challenges in maximising the contribution that engineering and the engineering team makes to the ADF?s mission and tasks and makes some recommendations to government through the Australian Defence Force and the Department of Defence to maximise the engineering contribution.

1 November 2009

Policy Statement Regulation of Engineering Practitioners (Nov 2009)

Engineers Australia believes that Australia should have nationally consistent State and Territory regulatory regimes for the engineering profession based on a registration system that identifies competent engineering practitioners. The registration system should include all professional engineers, engineering technologists and engineering associates who are responsible for the approval or certification of designs, specifications, systems or their implementation.

18 February 2009

Policy Statement - Manufacturing (Feb 2009)

Engineers Australia believes that a strong manufacturing sector is an essential component of the Australian economy. To compete globally, Australia needs a strategic vision for the manufacturing sector. A strong manufacturing sector requires a high level of operational and technological innovation and integrated programs between industry, government and the higher education sector. Collaboration between manufacturers needs to be facilitated, as does promotion of opportunities.

26 February 2008

Policy Statement -Climate Change and Energy (Feb 2008)

Engineers Australia believes that Australia must act swiftly and proactively in line with global expectations to address climate change as an economic, social and environmental risk. Engineers will continue to lead capacity building to innovate for more sustainable, eco-efficient and less polluting outcomes in engineering practice. We believe that addressing the costs of atmospheric emissions will lead to increasing our competitive advantage by minimising risks and creating economic opportunities.

29 August 2007

Policy Statement - Engineers Australia Sustainability Charter (Aug 2007)

Engineers Australia believes that sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Engineers Australia believes that sustainable development should be at the heart of mainstream policy and administration in all areas of human endeavour. Selectively applying sustainable development principles to some areas but not to others is inappropriate.

2 May 2007

Policy Statement - Transport Infrastructure (May 2007)

With a few world-class exceptions, neither the rail nor the road infrastructure on which Australias transport depends can be said to be "fit for purpose" without major expenditure on upgrading. If Australia continues with present trends, that upgrading will be unaffordable and our infrastructure will deteriorate further.

1 May 2007

Policy Statement - Transport - Changing Travel Behaviour (May 2007)

Engineers Australia believes that the current activities are not likely to achieve the set objectives in terms of changing travel behaviour. Despite the many travel demand management programs implemented in Australian cities in the past, current statistics show the same alarming trend in growing private car use as in the previous decade. It is necessary to recognise that more concerted efforts are needed at all levels of government in order to achieve the objectives of sustainable development pr

1 May 2007

Policy Statement - Transport Infrastructure Planning (May 2007)

Infrastructure policy makers and planners require a shift in the way in which they view transport. Rather than considering transport in terms of public vs private, the NCTR suggest that transport be thought of in terms of: independent transport, which is provided by individuals themselves (including the vehicle (whether a car, a truck, a bicycle or whatever); and transport services (where another party provides the transport).

1 May 2007

Policy Statement - Road Safety (May 2007)

Engineers Australia believes that the road system must be intrinsically safe and tolerant of human errors. It is no longer acceptable to trade off mobility and transport benefits against lives lost and road trauma. Transport planners, designers, constructors and managers are responsible for the present and future road transport system?s operational safety. Whenever a road fatality or casualty occurs, steps must be taken to identify the causes, corrections made to the infrastructure element(s),

1 February 2003

Policy Statement - Government Procurement (Feb 2003)

Having and utilising technical expertise is a pre-condition for being an informed buyer of engineering, information technology and other technical goods and services. It is crucial that buyers are well informed so that they are able to select and justify the option which offers best value for money; select and justify an innovative solution; reduce contractor risks by providing relevant technical details in tender documents; and prevent unscrupulous contractors taking advantage of the buyer's la

1 February 2003

Policy Statement - Sustainable Environmental Practice (1 Feb 2003)

Engineers Australia believes that sustainable environmental practices are important to economic and social development in Australia. Engineering is at the heart of all Australian industry. As such, it is the key to implementing the principles of sustainability in Australian industry.

1 February 2003

Policy Statement - Business and Industry Development (Feb 2003)

In todays environment, governments must react quickly to meet economic challenges. Improving the business climate of a State or Territory is often seen as the most effective way to meet these challenges. Government has a major impact on the business climate, as it is the combination of public services, taxation and regulation that creates the context within which business operates.

1 February 2003

Policy Statement - Trade in Engineering Services (Feb 2003)

Governments must continue with negotiations for liberalisation in trade in engineering services through the WTO process and through bilateral arrangements. They must support Australian export initiatives at the highest level and encourage strategic alliances between Australian companies seeking export opportunities.As well, governments must encourage companies to develop joint venture arrangements with overseas firms. This will enable local business to strengthen its global competitiveness.

1 February 2003

Policy Statement - Water (Feb 2003)

Continuing problems with drought and fluctuating climate conditions emphasize the need for policies that manage Australia's water supplies in a sustainable way. Australia must implement the National Agenda for Water Reform. Governments must encourage and coordinate community involvement through policies and programs that assist in sustainable water management and continue to invest in maintenance, repair and replacement of water infrastructure.