With the Queensland Budget due tomorrow, APESMA has been actively lobbying on the impact of cutting public sector engineering, science and management jobs.
Michelle Rae, Queensland Director of APESMA said she wanted to make it very clear that cuts to engineering capacity have a direct impact on the community.
“With fewer technical professionals bridges and roads will break down, there will be more traffic congestion and accidents, more wasted water, more blackouts and a critical loss in innovation and productivity,” Ms Rae said.
“Queensland residents and citizens rely upon the professional public sector workforce of professional engineers, scientists and managers to provide safe, secure and cost effective roads, railways, water and electricity networks. The skills of these professionals are just as important to providing a safe and well functioning society as those of teachers, nurses and police.
Recent representations have been made to the Department of Mines and Natural Resources, the Department of Housing and Public Works and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
“At these meetings, we have raised that reductions to the professional workforce capacity will increase project costs. The report from the Senate Inquiry into the engineering skills shortage, found that when governments cut their engineering and technical capacity, they spend around 20 per cent more and wastage increases,” she said.
APESMA has launched a petition to be tabled in the QLD Parliament, calling on the House to:
- Reverse any decisions to reduce the number of professionals in the public sector;
- Increase investment in workforce development;
- Lift the number of professionals to meet best practice standards identified by the Australian National Engineering Taskforce; and
- Act to ensure that the QLD public sector becomes an employer of choice for professionals.
What can members do?
APESMA staff and delegates will be actively calling on members to show their support and get colleagues, friends and family to sign this petition in the coming days and weeks.
You can obtain your copy of this petition by contacting Dave Pullen – email@example.com
Also, APESMA is supporting the Stand for Queensland campaign and will join a state-wide day of action planned for Wednesday 12 September. Find out more about local Stand for Queensland events in your area.
Contact Dave Pullen if you are interested in joining your fellow APESMA members at the Stand for Queensland Brisbane rally at 12:30 at Queens Park on 12 September.