ACT Chief Engineer
Last week, Professionals Australia met with ACT Chief Engineer, Mr Adrian Piani. This is the first of many meetings as we look to build a working relationship between the Association and the Office of the Chief Engineer. During our discussions, we were able to secure regular meetings with Mr Piani. We look forward to working with Mr Piani to lift the standing of profession in the ACT.
This is the first of many meetings as we look to build a working relationship between the Association and the Office of the Chief Engineer.
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Technical work and engineering capacity
We have also met with members at the Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) and the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorates to address concerns about technical work capacity, lack of engineering capacity and non-technical staff making technical decisions.
We have also been working directly with members on the development of a new building ‘Dickson 2020’. Members are concerned about the planned implementation of ‘Activity based working’ (ABW), meaning staff will work from a different desk each day. We have worked with members to develop a core list of issues associated with ABW for technical staff.
In ACT Health we’re working with members to navigate the review of all health classifications, including those for pharmacists, biomedical engineers, medical scientists and medical physicists.
Icon Water and Evo Energy
Across in Icon Water and Evo Energy, we have been engaging with members and management on key issues identified during our recent member surveys. Issues such as too much time spent on technical work, inability to retain staff due to the current EBA and poor salary progression were identified as key problems within the organisations. We have organised meetings with the relevant managers in each organisation and will meet accompanied by Professionals Australia members to begin the process of resolving these concerns.
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