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…

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…

Beating The Bullies

Workplace bullying takes forms and you don’t have to put up with any of them. All employers have a legal obligation to protect employees from bullying.    Bullying is a serious concern for a disturbingly large proportion of employees. Nearly a third of respondents to WorkPro's 2011 Workplace Pulse Quarterly survey said they had been…

Finding Flexibility In Your Workplace

Employees with young or disabled children have a special right to request flexible working arrangements under Australian law. Employers can only refuse the request on reasonable business grounds. In these cases, rather than refusing the request outright, they are encouraged to discuss working arrangements with their employees and, where possible, reach an agreement that balances…