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…

Medical scientists

From early 2014, South Australian medical scientists have been coming together and joining the Medical Science Matters campaign working to achieve better recognition, respect and reward for medical science professionals. Medical scientists are facing numerous challenges in the current environment. Scientific researchers open doors to treatment for previously untreatable conditions, while pathology scientists and clinical…