Media Releases - 2013

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Friday 6 December 2013

Engineers Australia National President appointed to Innovation Board 

The National President of Engineers Australia, Dr Marlene Kanga, has been appointed to the Australian Government’s board of Innovation Australia and Chair of the R&D Incentives Committee. 


Friday 29 November 2013

Australian Construction Achievement Award announces six project finalists

Six elite projects have been selected as this year’s ACAA finalists, with one overall project winner to be selected next year at a gala dinner on Thursday 8 May, 2014 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Friday 22 November 2013

National short film competition extends to schools to highlight importance of STEM 

In an Australian-first, Young Engineers Australia has launched a major, nation-wide short film competition -EngFlick- designed to increase awareness among young people of the important role engineering plays in society.

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Australian Engineering Excellence Awards announced

Engineers Australia has tonight revealed the winners of the 2013 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards at a gala dinner at Parliament House Canberra.

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Thursday 7 November 2013

Engineers Australia backs planning, tendering and procurement reform for Tasmania

Engineers Australia has backed the state government’s recommendations to reform tendering and procurement processes for Tasmania, as well as streamlining planning progression as a result of the recent Tasmanian Jobs Forum held in August.

Wednesday 6 November 2013

Global aircraft safe-landing system recognised by engineering heritage award

Engineers Australia will recognise the Interscan Microwave Landing System – a highly technical safe-guard system designed to help aircraft land safely in hazardous conditions – for its engineering significance at a heritage recognition ceremony to be held on Saturday 9 November.


Wednesday 6 November 2013

Engineers Australia congratulates goverment decision to Scrap the Cap

Peak professional body Engineers Australia has today applauded the announcement by Treasurer Joe Hockey on the government’s decision to scrap the previous Labor government’s proposal to cap tax deductions on work-related expenses to $2,000.


Tuesday 29 October 2013

Engineering sector vital to economic growth in Tasmania

The peak body for the engineering profession, Engineers Australia, has expressed sadness at yesterday’s news of Hydro Tasmania’s consulting arm having to cut almost 40 jobs as a result of tightening in Australia’s engineering consultancy sector.


Monday 14 October 2013

Ground breaking flood hazard map to be showcased in Bundaberg 

Regional Flood Mapping exercise, will feature as part of the 2013 Central Regional Conference  in Bundaberg when it is presented by its author, flood engineer Joanna Tinnion.


Friday 11 October 2013

Former locomotive factory recognised in Ballarat heritage ceremony 

Engineers Australia's Victorian heritage group will recognise the Phoenix Foundry -formally the largest locomotive factory in Victoria - for its engineering significance and heritage at a formal ceremony on Saturday.


Thursday 26 September 2013

50-year-old steam engine collection recognised for engineering heritage

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club, (MTSEC),Engineering Heritage Victoria will recognise Australia’s largest collection of steam and industrial machinery – The National Steam Centre of Scoresby – for its historical engineering significance, at a ceremony on Sunday. 


Friday 20 September 2013

Adela Parnell named Young Tasmanian Engineer of the Year 2013

The Honourable Nick McKim, Leader of the Tasmanian Greens and Minister for Education and Sustainable Transport, has tonight honoured Mrs Adela Parnell as Tasmania’s Young Professional Engineer of Year.


Friday 20 September 2013

Lead engineer Beaconsfield Mine collapse investigation named Tasmanian Engineer of the Year

Engineers Australia’s Tasmania Division has honoured Dan O’Toole as the Tasmanian Professional Engineer of the Year 2013, at an awards ceremony held in Sandy Bay, Hobart.


Monday 16 September 2013

Australia wins international bid to host World Engineers Convention

As a world-first, Australia has won an international bid to host the World Engineers Convention in Melbourne in November 2019. The announcement of the event to be hosted by Engineers Australia was made by the General Assembly of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, at the World Engineering Summit in Singapore.


Tuesday 10 September 2013

Queensland's Airport Link awarded Engineering Excellence Award

Queensland's Airport Link project, a joint venture by Parsons Brinckerhoff and Arup, has wonthe R.W. Hawken Award, Queensland’s top engineering prize presented by Engineers Australia.


Tuesday 3 September 2013

Sustainable Engineering Society backs EPBC protections

The Sustainable Engineering Society has today joined with a range of signatories in an open letter to political parties seeking a commitment to environmental safeguards provided by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act).


Monday 2 September 2013

Engineering schools program becomes largest education out-reach program in Australia

Engineers Australia’s national schools outreach program, EngQuest, has today hit 100,000 participants, making it Australia’s largest schools outreach program.


Friday 30 August 2013

Engineers Australia welcomes 'Skilling the Bay - Geelong Future Industry Project'

Today’s launch of ‘Skilling the Bay – Geelong Future Industry Project’ has been welcomed by Engineers Australia.


Thursday 29 August 2013

World's largest war memorial Great Ocean Road awarded engineering heritage marker

Engineers Australia’s National President, Dr Marlene Kanga, VicRoads Chief Executive Gary Liddle and Citywide Executive Group Managing Director, Kerry Osborne will tomorrow recognise the world’s largest war memorial – the Great Ocean Road – for its engineering heritage significance at a ceremony, held at 2pm.


Wednesday 28 August 2013

Engineers Australia concerned at infrastructure announcement

Queensland Division release:
Whilst investment in infrastructure is welcomed, Engineers Australia calls for both sides of the political spectrum to commit to a better planning process for major infrastructure decisions which will provide better outcomes for Australia.


Tuesday 20 August 2013

Engineers Australia commends Townsville new city plan process

Queensland Division release:
Engineers Australia today commended the planning process being undertaken by the Townsville City Council to deliver certainty for the region into the future.


Wednesday 7 August 2013

Engineers Australia backs forum to address job crisis

One of Australia’s largest professional bodies, Engineers Australia, has today joined industry leaders from across the state who have come together in Launceston to tackle Tasmania’s deepening jobs crisis in a forum hosted by the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Friday 2 August 2013

Engineers Australia welcomes the government's tax cap deferral

Engineers Australia has today backed Treasurer Bowen’s announcement that the government will defer the introduction of its proposed $2,000 cap on self-education expenses until July 2015.


Tuesday 30 July 2013

Australian Engineering Week kicks off

Multimedia news release:
In the second week of August each year, Engineers Australia hosts Australian Engineering Week to highlight the important contribution of engineers and engineering.

Monday 29 July 2013

Engineers make Brisbane's CBD a 'Canstruction' zone

Queensland Division release:
As part of Australian Engineering Week celebrations, Queensland’s Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, will officially launch ‘Canstruction’ on Tuesday 6 August at 10.30am. Engineers Australia invited corporate teams of up to six people to gather at Brisbane’s Reddacliff Place, to take part in this global build competition using cans of food to create giant structures.

Friday 26 July 2013

A special Centenary gift to Canberra's libraries to mark Engineering Week 

Canberra Division release:
Australian Engineering Week in Canberra will be launched by Minister Shane Rattenbury, Minister for Territory and Municipal Service on Wednesday 31 July 2013 at 10.30am at the Civic Library

Thursday 25 July 2013

Engineers Australia welcomes Coalition support to scrap the cap on education tax

Engineers Australia has applauded today’s announcement by the Hon Christopher Pyne MP calling on the government to scrap its proposal to cap tax deductions on work-related expenses to $2,000.


Monday 8 July 2013

Engineers Australia backs call to scrap the cap on work education expenses

Engineers Australia today joined an alliance of peak professional bodies that have united to oppose the government’s proposal to cap tax deductions on work-related expenses to $2,000.


Thursday 4 July 2013

Report puts spotlight on government procurement

A report released today by Engineers Australia has shown that a mere one percent improvement in government procurement across the country can lead to over $600 million in savings.


Tuesday 2 July 2013

Engineers Australia welcomes National Infrastructure 50 year Plan

Engineers Australia today welcomed the release of Infrastructure Australia’s National Infrastructure Plan to secure Australia’s future infrastructure needs.

Tuesday 25 June 2013

Engineers Australia congratulates member for Mallee, John Forrest MP

Following his valedictory speech to parliament, Engineers Australia has congratulated Chartered Civil Engineer and federal member for Mallee, John Forrest MP, for an outstanding commitment to the community over his 20 years of parliamentary service.

Tuesday 25 June 2013

Engineers Australia supports call for Chief Engineer

Engineers Australia has welcomed a proposal by the federal member for Mallee, John Forrest MP, for the appointment of a Chief Engineer to guide the nation’s infrastructure investment priorities.

Friday 21 June 2013

Engineers Australia backs higher emission reduction targets

In a submission to the Climate Change Authority’s caps and targets review, Engineers Australia’s Sustainable Engineering Society has called for the Authority to examine higher emission reduction targets.


Thursday 20 June 2013

Engineering vacancy data show softening labour market

Latest data released by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations show job vacancies for the engineering profession have continued to decline over recent months.

Monday 17 June 2013

Engineers Australia welcomes energy sector review

Engineers Australia today welcomed the review of the energy sector by the Queensland government to manage customer prices. In welcoming the review, Engineers Australia urged caution to ensure that any changes do not adversely affect the reliability of the supply of electricity in Queensland.

Tuesday 11 June 2013

Wheelers Bridge recognised in formal heritage ceremony

Victoria Division release:
Engineers Australia’s National President, Dr Marlene Kanga, will recognise the 113-year-old Wheelers Bridge as an engineering heritage site in a formal ceremony to be held on Saturday in Lawrence, Victoria.


Wednesday 5 June 2013

Engineers Australia allows students to ‘discover engineering’ through careers initiative

Newcastle Division release:
In the lead up to Australian Engineering Week celebrations in August, Engineers Australia’s Newcastle Division have joined with four of Australia’s major universities and a number of leading engineering companies to present ‘Discover Engineering’, a careers initiative for high school students.

Thursday 23 May 2013

Commitment to infrastructure spend will lead to competitive Tasmanian economy

Tasmania Division release:
Engineers Australia has welcomed the Tasmania State Budget's commitment to spending on transport infrastructure and other Tasmanian infrastructure projects.

Thursday 23 May 2013

Engineers Australia calls for greater certainty for Cross-River Rail project

Queensland Division release:
Coming off the announcement that the Federal Coalition will not fund Brisbane’s Cross River Rail project; Engineers Australia calls for increased transparency in the scheduling and provision of major infrastructure projects and this needs to be kept at arm’s length to political succession. 


Thursday 23 May 2013

Ford closure sad day for manufacturing in Australia

Peak professional body Engineers Australia has expressed disappointment at this morning’s announcement that Ford will close its Australian manufacturing operations in 2016.

Tuesday 21 May 2013

Engineers Australia concered at Coalition clean energy cuts

In a follow-up to last week’s federal budget reply, Engineers Australia’s Sustainable Engineering Society has expressed concern that an incoming Coalition government would shut down the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).


Monday 20 May 2013

Engineers Australia Regional Convention addresses the future of engineering

Newcastle Division release:
Leading engineering minds from around Australia will gather in Port Macquarie this week for one of the biggest events on the engineering calendar, the Engineers Australia Regional Convention, 24 – 26 May; presented by Newcastle Division.

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Federal budget undermines workforce professional development

Engineers Australia has expressed strong disapproval at measures in today's federal budget to limit tax deductibility to $2000 for work related self-education expenses.


Monday 13 May 2013

Engineers Australia Fellow honoured by Royal Society

Sydney Division release:

Engineers Australia Fellow, Professor Martin Green, has been appointed as a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society in the United Kingdom.

Wednesday 8 May 2013

Increased infrastructure spend vital to Victoria's economic development

Victoria Division release:

Engineers Australia has welcomed the Victorian State Budget’s plan to increase spend on critical public transport infrastructure and other Victorian infrastructure projects.

Tuesday 7 May 2013

Engineers Australia's National President delivers insights on the importance of diversity

Tasmania Division release:
The National President of Engineers Australia, Dr Marlene Kanga, will today present on the important role leaders play in expanding workplace diversity.

Monday 6 May 2013

Engineering innovation vital to economic growth in Tasmania

Tasmania Division release:
The National President of Engineers Australia, Dr Marlene Kanga, will today address Tasmanian engineers in Devonport on the importance of engineering innovation in increasing productivity and contributing to economic prosperity.

Friday 3 May 2013

Engineers Australia welcomes Defence White Paper

Today’s release of the 2013 Defence White Paperby the Prime Minister is welcomed by Engineers Australia.

Friday 19 April 2013

Engineering profession undermined by slash and burn tax proposal

Peak professional body Engineers Australia has today backed the growing chorus of professional bodies that have condemned tax proposals by Treasurer Wayne Swan to limit tax deductibility to $2,000 for work-related self-education expenses.

Friday 19 April 2013

Workplace initiative helps professionals return to the engineering workforce after parental leave

The Women in Engineering group of Engineers Australia’s Queensland Division has joined with industry partners to launch the ‘Save our Sanity’ (SOS) initiative aimed at supporting engineers on parental leave and encourage a return to the workforce.

Thursday 11 April 2013

Engineers Australia welcomes high speed rail study

Today’s release of the final report of the High Speed Rail Study by Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, is strongly supported by Engineers Australia.


Saturday 6 April 2013

Engineering heritage landmark ceremony for the Reefer Battery Adelong

Engineers Australia’s Sydney Division President, Mr John Nichols, will today recognise the Reefer Battery in Adelong, as a national engineering heritage site in a formal ceremony to be held at the Adelong Falls Gold-Mill Ruins Reserve viewing platform.

Friday 5 April 2013

Engineers Australia questions infrastructure planning process

Queensland Division release:
The announcement by the Federal Coalition to restrict its transport infrastructure investment to road projects puts at risk the future infrastructure needs of Queensland, according to Simon Orton, Queensland President of Engineers Australia. 

Wednesday 27 March 2013

Engineering schools program attracts record numbers in 2013

Engineers Australia’s national out-reach program for schools, EngQuest, has today hit an all-new record for student participation attracting over 50,000 students from over 1,500 schools across the country.


Thursday 21 March 2013

Engineers Australia member named in top 10 most influential women in mining

Chair of the Engineers Australia Mechanical Engineering College, Paula West, has been recognised as the 8th most influential woman in the mining sector by Mining Australia.

Friday 8 March 2013

Survey highlights gender imbalance across engineering workforce

Women earn lower incomes than men across the engineering profession, (irrespective of hours worked), and are less likely to hold top management responsibilities, according to a survey released today by Engineers Australia.

Thursday 28 February 2013

Don't overlook WA's infrastructure needs - engineers warn

Western Australia release:
Better public transport, implementing long-term infrastructure planning, and using resource projects to stimulate local demand should be key priorities for our political parties according to WA’s engineers.

Tuesday 26 February 2013

Boom/bust cycle puts pressure on engineering salaries

Reflecting underlying fluctuations in the engineering labour market, the latest edition of the Engineers Australia Salary and Benefits Survey has shown a 3 percent average drop in engineer salaries over 2012.


Friday 15 February 2013

Engineering profession urges action on Australia's innovation agenda

Last night’s release of Top Breakthrough Actions for Innovation by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, has been applauded by Engineers Australia.  Engineers Australia, the professional association with over 100,000 members across the country, has called on government to take action on the Chief Scientists recommendations as a matter of priority.


Friday 1 February 2013

Engineers Australia welcomes new National President

Engineers Australia, the largest organisation representing the engineering profession in Australia with over 100,000 members, welcomes Dr Marlene Kanga to the post of National President for 2013. Dr Kanga is a Sydney-based chartered chemical engineer who specialises in risk engineering.

Saturday 26 January 2013

2012 National President David Hood honoured in Australia Day Awards

Engineers Australia’s immediate past National President, Adjunct Professor David Hood, has been appointed Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to environmental engineering as an educator and researcher, through contributions to professional organisations, and to public awareness of sustainability.


Tuesday 22 January 2013

Engineers Australia call for flood class action information to be made available

Queensland Division Release:
Engineers Australia acknowledges the potential class action announced yesterday regarding the damage caused by the 2011 floods.


Tuesday 22 January 2013

Record infrastructure spending highlights pressures on engineering workforce

A report released today by Engineers Australiahas analysed recent trends in infrastructure investment revealing record levels of spending on economic infrastructure and engineering construction.

Tuesday 22 January 2013

Report reveals underlying volatility in Victoria's infrastructure investment

Victoria Division Release:
A report released today by Engineers Australiahas analysed recent trends in national infrastructure investment showing that long-term growth in Victoria is masking underlying volatility.

Monday 21 January 2013

Vale Peter Taylor former Chief Executive Engineers Australia

The members of Engineers Australia are deeply saddened by the passing of the former Chief Executive of Engineers Australia, Peter Broughton Taylor.

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