Better Infrastructure.
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Every person and every organisation relies on our nation’s infrastructure to function – getting it right should be a top priority.

Professionals Australia’s Better Infrastructure document details the single biggest issue impacting Australian infrastructure: Waste.

On the brighter side, the document also details a range of solutions which we are taking to governments around the nation.

If you’re interest in supporting more respect for engineers, and the re-professionalisation of your profession, please register your interest below.

Once you’ve registered your interest, if you have any colleagues, friends or families who would help engineer a change in infrastructure, please forward them this webpage and ask for their support.

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Chevron supports in-housing engineering capacity

“This article was published by The Sunday Morning Herald on May 1 2016. Author: Angela Macdonald-Smith. The original can be accessed here.”

After 6 ½ years of severe mechanical problems on Australia’s biggest single resources project, LNG production at Gorgon, Chevron is bringing its engineering and design in-house.

The move suggests a new perspective from the resources giant on the value of their engineers.

“We’re moving a lot of things in-house. We’re going to focus on design and engineering. We’re going to ensure those designs. We’re going to pick the right contractors. We’re going to work hard on the right contracting strategy. We need to get projects ready for execution, and we’re applying all of those,” said Joseph Geagea, Executive Vice-President, Technology and Projects.

Mr Geagae’s comments echo the arguments presented in Better Infrastructure, and long argued for by Professionals Australia members.

Now it’s time for Australia’s governments and government entities to do the same: strong in-house capacity leads to smarter decisions and improved efficiency.

Read original article here


Victorian Government announcement: Engineer Cadets included in new policy

Earlier this morning, the Victorian Government announced a policy which will change the landscape for Victorian engineers for the foreseeable future – as of January 1, 2016 at least 10% of the work carried out on Victoria’s major projects must be undertaken by apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets.

The original commitment did not include engineer cadets, but through the advocacy efforts of Professionals Australia on behalf of members, we were able to make the case, and change Government policy.

This is a great outcome for the engineering profession in Victoria, and the community more broadly.

The 10% will apply to all government construction, infrastructure, civil engineering and capital projects valued at more than $20 million.

Professionals Australia is committed to lifting the standing of the professionals we represent; achieving the respect, recognition and reward you deserve. This announcement is a testament to that commitment.

For more information, please contact the professional recognition team at betterinfrastructure@professionalsaustralia.org.au.

And don’t forget to express your interest in Better Infrastructure below.


Waste studies – case studies of infrastructure waste

As an advocate for Better Infrastructure, you understand and appreciate the need to stem the wasteful infrastructure practices currently being implemented at all tiers of government across Australia.

This is impacting the community and the economy.

We have been advocating for politicians and decision-makers across the country to accept the issues and adopt the solutions proposed in our Better Infrastructure policy – and we have made progress.

There is now a common awareness that this issue exists, but it is the political motivation to take action which is now lacking.

While our arguments are sound, and our solutions viable, this motivation will only come if we demonstrate real, first-hand examples of waste.

As technical professionals on the ground level, you’re the most suitable persons in the country to provide insights into the real nature of infrastructure waste.

With that in mind, we are calling on all persons interested in engineering Better Infrastructure and better outcomes for the community, to complete the confidential form below, and help us build case studies of waste.

Share your experiences of waste

National Infrastructure Audit

Summary of findings

Infrastructure Australia released the long-awaited Australian Infrastructure Audit: Our Infrastructure Challenges in May.

The audit strategically examines Australia’s infrastructure needs, emphasising the limitations of the nation’s existing infrastructure, and underlining the need for greater investment and improved planning over the coming years.

Professionals Australia has reviewed the audit findings and prepared  short summary.

Click to read

Special feature:
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Infrastructure (HBO)

This is Professionals Australia’s must-see clip of the week.

An informative and humorous insight into America’s crippled infrastructure, and a look into the near future of Australia’s infrastructure.

The time for action is now. After watching, don’t forget to Express your interest in Better Infrastructure.