Professionals Australia Calls on ACT Government for Chief Engineer
In the lead up to the ACT budget Professionals Australia has written to the Government urging it to strengthen its in-house engineering expertise to save taxpayers money in the long term.
Thursday, 7 March 2013
Director of APESMA's ACT branch David Smith said last year's Senate Inquiry found governments across Australia had lost much of their engineering capability and were seriously at risk of financial blowouts and long delays affecting their infrastructure projects.
“To efficiently deliver the infrastructure our growing territory needs we need to have enough senior engineers,” Mr Smith said.
“We need to learn from other jurisdictions and the findings of the recent Senate inquiry which identified that blowouts of 20 per cent routinely occur because of a lack of engineering skills.”
APESMA's submission to the ACT Government recommends establishing the Office of the Chief Engineer to ensure the ACT capitalises on its in-house engineering expertise and to oversee the development of public sector engineering skills across the government.
“Past experience has shown us what can happen if governments don't hear the advice of its senior engineers,” Mr Smith said.
“The ACT Government has an opportunity to elevate the status of its engineers and ensure that the voice of its professional engineers are heard at the highest levels of government.”
APESMA's submission was provided as part of the ACT Government's formal budget consultation process in the lead up to the budget being released on Tuesday 4 June.