Commitment to science and R&D fundamentals missing in Budget

Commitment to science and R&D fundamentals missing in Budget Professionals Australia welcomed the infrastructure spending on roads, rail and renewables, the apprenticeships package and sham contracting and labour hire initiatives announced in last night’s Budget but remains concerned about the lack of further funding commitments to science and R&D. Professionals Australia CEO Chris Walton said…

STEM Decadal plan launched 1 April

The Federal Government has launched the Women in STEM Decadal Plan prepared by an Academy of Science expert panel. The plan outlines six opportunities to strengthen gender equity in STEM in Australia over the next 10 years, including establishing a national evaluation framework to guide decision-making and drive investment and effort into STEM measures that…

National Early Career Researchers Survey

A research project is being undertaken by Federation University Australia to explore the challenges faced by ECRs in the sciences in Australia. The purpose of the research is to gather data about work–life experiences of ECRs in order to increase their job satisfaction and the likelihood of them continuing to work in research in Australia.…

Your rights as a casual employee

CASUAL EMPLOYMENT    In recent times, the Australian workforce has undergone a process known as casualisation. Close to 2.5 million workers in Australia are working on a casual basis.   Casual employees work on a ‘shift-to-basis’, and NO certainty of ongoing work.  Does your work fall under these indicators?   No guaranteed hours of work   Working irregular hours   No paid…

Science a key issue in upcoming federal election

Science and R&D is looming as a central issue in the upcoming federal election. Key science organisations are beginning to release details of what they think is needed to underpin science policy into the future – including your union: Professional Scientists Australia – the future starts with science Australian Academy of Science platform – Earning…