Policy reports

Engineers Australia is at the nexus of engineering and policy thought leadership. Engineers Australia produces a range of reports to inform policy development.

Engineering Construction on Infrastructure: 10 Years of Trends

Engineering Construction on Infrastructure: Ten years of trends, is an Engineers Australia analysis of the progress of infrastructure construction.

Over the past 10 years, Australia’s public sector engineering construction on infrastructure in real terms has displayed a downward trend. Recent gains are making up for earlier losses. Since 2012-13, it has not kept pace with population or economic growth. The current upswing in infrastructure construction underway since 2014-15 is really compensating for a downwards cycle in construction over the four years before.

Click here for a copy of the report (pdf, 15.9MB).

Registration for engineers: International standards and global recognition

Use of the title ‘engineer’ is largely unrestricted and has become a generic term. In the absence of regulation for engineering, anyone can claim to provide engineering services without the appropriate competencies, and with total disregard for standards. To overcome these challenges, Engineers Australia advocates for the introduction of a statutory registration scheme for engineers in all states and territories. 

The following resource has been created to explain this issue in more depth, outline the benefits of registration and show how registration will help engineers get the professional recognition they both need and deserve.

Click here to download the flyer (pdf, 0.4MB)

AEMO releases 2017 Electricity Statement of Opportunities for the National Electricity Market

A recent report from the operators of Australia’s energy market has forecasted a high risk of an energy shortfall for some states during peak summer periods this year.

The Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) analysis for the National Electricity Market (NEM) shows the states with the highest risk for not meeting the reliability standard in summer 2017/18 is in South Australia and Victoria.

AEMO Release Note.pdf (1MB)

Tasmanian Engineering Workforce Development Plan

The Engineers Australia Engineering Workforce Development Plan 2016-19 is the first profession-based plan for Tasmania. It was supported by Skills Tasmania and, by working with industry leaders, education providers and government representatives, the Plan has identified the key challenges facing the profession and includes industry-owned recommendations for action. Implementation will lead to a highly skilled and agile workforce that can meet the demands of Tasmania’s changing and growing economy.

Click here to read the Plan (pdf, 1.2MB)

Building the West

Engineers Australia is part of the Western Australia Infrastructure Coalition. It is a broadly-based infrastructure industry group that has been established to promote and facilitate the creation of an independent statutory authority “Infrastructure WA”. The Infrastructure Coalition also aims to provide a robust forum for industry involvement in infrastructure issues.

Click here for a copy of the Coalition's report called, Building the West (pdf, 6MB).

Energy Security For Australia

In 2014, Engineers Australia released this report because Australia needs a much broader understanding of energy security than the one that policy makers were using. The definition was too narrowly focused on economic harm arising from a loss of supply, and gave insufficient attention to the fact that energy security is a multi–dimensional concept intertwined with issues across the social, political, economic and environmental spectrum. Energy Security for Australia is an important contribution towards crafting a comprehensive energy security policy.

Click here for a copy of the report (pdf, 8.4MB).

Our FLNG Future

FLNG and associated subsea systems bring a number of changes to the way LNG developments are undertaken, moving from a large onshore facilities fed from offshore fields to one where the facility is stationed directly at the field. These changes are reflected in changing demands for engineering skills and services. In 2014, to understand how the effects of these changes on the Western Australian engineering sector could be best managed, Engineers Australia held a series of facilitated workshops with operators, engineering companies, researchers and industry representative bodies to solicit understandings and identify both the opportunities and challenges for the industry. The workshops identified a number of themes, which are discussed in the paper, Our FLNG Future: Engineering Opportunities and Challenges.

Click here for a copy of the paper (pdf, 2.1MB)

Sustainability and Climate Change

In 2014, Engineers Australia created a policy for the issues of sustainability and climate change. To read a copy, click on the links below:

Government as an Informed Buyer

A report that explores how the public sector can most effectively procure engineering-intensive products and services.

Click here for a copy of the report (pdf, 3.0MB)