How does Professionals Australia work with STA and the Research Alliance?

Science and Technology Australia Professionals Australia is affiliated with Science and Technology Australia. Science and Technology Australia (STA) represents 68,000 scientists and technologists, and promotes their views on a wide range of policy issues to government, industry and the community. STA represents a range of professional interests within science across Australia with members including organisations…

Degrees of doubt: Science degree fees should be off-limits

For the sake of Australian science, Professionals Australia CEO Chris Walton is calling for science degree fees to be “off-limits”. The Government’s proposal to deregulate the university sector has resulted in howls of protest from students, silent terror from parents and growing concerns from professionals worried that rising degree costs  and increases in interest charges…

Deprofessionalisation – what is it and why does it matter?

What is a professional and how are professional standards maintained? A position is regarded as professional if it is governed by the technical and ethical standards of a profession which the Macquarie Dictionary defines as “a vocation requiring knowledge of some department of learning or science.” The establishment of recognised science degrees in conjunction with…