This year really did throw us a few curve balls and we are very proud of the way our senior office bearers and volunteers worked with the staff to still deliver in our areas of priority – CPD, school programs, online networking and tertiary events. With CoVID restrictions relaxing we will be in a position to welcome members and volunteers back into the office for meetings and presentations. It was also great to be able to involve local members in Infrastructure Australia workshops, based on their areas of expertise. In closing out the year Engineers Australia will be putting in a formal submission on the NSW Registration & Building sector reforms based on feedback from our members across the state.
Both the President and I would like to thank all our volunteers and members for their valued contributions through one of the toughest years on record.
Some key achievements for the Newcastle Division in 2020:
- Membership has grown by 10% - an increase across all categories
- Graduates have grown 8% - total now 466
- Retention is currently at 92.72%
- The National Webinar Platform was introduced – since May there have been 231 CPD presentations, 87076 registrations. 61% tuned in live with an average of 377 registrations per event.
- Newcastle grew its Chartered membership by 6% in 19/20 increasing our number of Chartered members by 85 to a total cohort of 1400
- Congratulations to our AEEA award winners – Project Gilghi – Aurecon & Ampcontrol, Newcastle Light Rail Project - Downer, Optimal Scheduling of Urban Bulk Water Systems under Uncertainty – Water NSW & UON and Transitioning from 2D Drawings to 3D Auto Generated Digital Models for Certified Design – Essential Energy. A very big thank you to our judges for all their work in determining winners from the 13 excellent entries.
- The iTeachSTEM website which has been produced with the support of the iTE, SISP, Design Nuts and EA Newcastle Division launched 6/11/2020 to over 6500 teachers across every State & Territory with 77% of those in NSW. The site is a fantastic addition to our NESA accredited Teachers Program which now has over 100 engineering studies teachers. We have also been offered the opportunity to provide a newsletter on EA STEM activities within NSW which will hopefully see a boost in numbers. All funding for this website has come from the Dept of Education. EA is an in-kind supporter. https://iteachstem.com.au/
- Overall increase in numbers attending Girl’s Talk and Discover Engineering events – events aimed at Yr7-12 students. Both events were delivered virtually.
- This year we participated in our first ever ‘virtual’ Career Expos