Sydney Division President Update

Engineers Australia Sydney President Jessica Qiu updates you on SEPF, IWD, AEEA and the year ahead.
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Sydney Division President Update

Welcome to the first Sydney newsletter for 2020, I hope you’ve all had a safe and productive first quarter of the calendar year.

Now three months into the year, there are been some significant events happening around Australia. As a nation, we have observed one of the worst bushfire seasons in recent Australian history, followed by flood and a global health emergency of Coronavirus.

The engineering community, across all disciplines, are working together to guard and help Australia during these times of crisis. It is encouraging and heart warming to see how relevant our daily practices are to the community we live in.

As a nation, we are also facing a significant boom in infrastructure spend, with strong demand for skilled engineers to plan, design and build on our communities. This is an exciting time to connect cities and increase resilience to our water, energy and social infrastructure across the country.

During the first quarter, we have held the Q1 Sydney Engineering Practice Forum (SEPF) meeting. SEPF is a gathering of Sydney and NSW Regional engineering group Chairs, with the Division Committee. We utilise this meeting to collaborate across groups and share information on key initiatives, CPD opportunities and local strategies.

In March, we closed our stage 1 Expressions of Interest for our 2020 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards. We have 30 very interesting projects all vying for an award at the local level with one project going on to represent Sydney at the National Awards event where they will have an opportunity to win the Sir William Hudson Award.

During March also we marked 2020 International Woman’s Day though a series of events across the country. This year’s theme of #EachforEqual is a very important message for all. We need to each be courageous and take responsibility for driving gender diversity within our industry.

In Sydney, the Division Committee has reviewed the current EA 2020 strategy and is looking to focus on three key elements to increase our member value locally:

-          Engagement

  • Increase both local and regional group engagement to share learning and knowledge opportunities for members
  • Work with primary and secondary schools to promote and spark interest in STEM learning
  • Drive collaboration and cross-pollinated discussions between our technical and special interest groups

-          Education

  • Increase the online learning delivered from Sydney via additional Webinars and web casted content
  • Drive and promote more engineering talks in local schools

-          Exposure

  • Increase the “voice of engineering” in public forums where engineers are consulted 
  • Curate and gather appropriate engineering representatives to provide expert public statement where required

We are finalising our strategic action plan to achieve these key elements, and we welcome member input and ideas. Please contact me at [email protected]org.au

The Sydney Division is also actively engaging with regional groups and regional local government to gain insights on the needs and requirements from regional Australia to enable better professional support to the engineers in the regional area.

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact me at [email protected].