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…

Military scientists and engineers appeal to Tony Abbott to stop cuts

Military scientists and engineers have appealed directly to Prime Minister Tony Abbott to stop the spending cuts they say are weakening Australia’s ability to defend itself. Professionals Australia, in its capacity of representing hundreds of technical workers in Defence establishment says the cuts to science and engineering will eventually cost lives on the battlefield and…

Cuts to Defence science and engineering undermine national security

  Professionals Australia has written to the Prime Minister urging him to step in and halt the cuts to science and technology in Defence. Budget forward estimates forecast 2400 Defence civilian job losses despite an increase in the Defence budget and the criticality of engineering and science employees. Professionals Australia CEO Chris Walton said that…

Geoscience Australia pushes for nine extra minutes a day

  Professionals Australia has criticised Geoscience Australia’s move to force staff to work an extra nine minutes a day and slash entitlements. One of the first agencies to be bargaining over an agreement in the federal public service, Geoscience Australia, had already asked staff to agree to work an extra nine minutes a day. Professionals…