APESMA and Defence leadership have finalised a landmark joint communique committing to work together to address engineering issues across the Department of Defence.
This signed communique – by the Chief of Navy, Chief of Army, Chief of Air Force, Chief Executive Officer of DMO, the Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Deputy Secretary, People Strategies and Policy group and the Chief Executive of APESMA – is a historic endorsement and recognition of the concerns raised by APESMA members and the findings into engineering issues identified in the Rizzo and Coles reviews.
This communique supports the work commenced by the engineering workforce review group that is being largely driven by APESMA. It commits Defence and APESMA to working together to improve Defence’s required engineering and technical capability.
APESMA's engineers and technical professionals are an integral part of this capability. We are therefore committed to attracting, developing and retaining the engineering expertise Defence requires.
This includes the Rizzo recommendations for the development of an innovative and comprehensive through life career plan for the recruitment, retention and development of engineering talent and consideration of the APESMA proposals for a separate pay and career structure for engineers and other technical professionals. This is consistent with the public sector proposals submitted by APESMA to the Senate inquiry into engineering skill shortages.
These are important steps towards getting real change for the science and engineering community within Defence. To make sure we achieve this significant change, it is critical that all science and engineering professionals get on board and back this ongoing campaign.
This is a campaign that doesn’t finish with the agreement vote.
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