Policy Notes

2 June 2014

Vacancies for Engineers May Update

The Department of Employment has released its May 2014 Vacancies Report which covers trends in job vacancies for engineers to end April 2014 and revisions for previous months.

 

June 2014

Implications of 2014 Budget Arrangements for Engineering Courses

Before the budget, the cost to students studying at university in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) was capped. This meant that it was no more expensive for students to study engineering at prestigious capital cities compared to regional universities. This cap was removed in the budget and this measure leaves universities free to set fees for their courses.

 

15 May 2014

Higher Education Arrangements in the 2014 Budget

Before the budget, the cost to students studying at university in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) was capped. This meant that it was no more expensive for students to study engineering at prestigious capital cities compared to regional universities. This cap was removed in the budget and this measure leaves universities free to set fees for their courses. In addition it was announced that the Commonwealth subsidy will be reduced. At this stage no further details are available until universities begin to exercise their new discretion and the new Commonwealth subsidy levels are announced.

 

15 May 2014

Industry and Innovation in the 2014 Budget

Amid the cuts to the CSIRO, ANSTO and the Australian Institute of Marine Science in the 2014 Budget, the Government has announced some new approaches to industry policy and innovation. Most initiatives have been funded by abolishing programs in place and rededicating the funds.

 

15 May 2014

Short Term Economic Outlook Remains Subdued

The outlook in the 2013 budget, the last brought down by the previous government, showed subdued economic conditions, reflecting the transition in the economy as the resources sector transitioned from construction to production and the post GFC global economic hang-over. The Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Outlook (PEFO) reinforced this impression. So what macroeconomic changes lay ahead now that the 2014 budget has been announced?

 

15 May 2014

Infrastructure in the 2014 Budget

A time honoured tradition of new governments, of both persuasions, has been to obfuscate comparison with the record of their predecessors. This complicates comparison of the infrastructure investment of the previous government with the announcements in the 2014 budget. This Policy Note aims to make sense of the comparison.

 

11 May 2014

Benchmarking Infrastructure Allocations for 2014

This Policy Note combines statistics on actual engineering construction up to 2012-13 with projections to 2022-23 estimated by ACIF. Historical average shares for private and public sector shares of economic infrastructure are estimated. Comparing changes in economic infrastructure activity up to the present with expected changes in a similar future period and examining public and private sector shares establishes useful bench marks to evaluate infrastructure budget allocations.

 

18 March 2014

Numbers Commencing and Completing University Engineering Courses Continue to Improve

This Policy Note reports on progress in commencements and completions of university courses in engineering drawing a clear distinction between domestic students can immediately enter the Australian labour market on completion and overseas students who must complete immigration formalities first.

 

18 February 2014

Engineers Australia's Recruitment Difficulties Survey, 2014

Engineers Australia's recruitment difficulties survey provides useful information about the nature and direction of changes in the engineering labour market not available from other sources.

 

12 February 2014

Changes in Motor Vehicle Manufacturing and Engineers

The motor vehicle manufacturing industry is about to undergo radical change and it is important to establish the scale of engineering employment involved to inform decision making. The best statistics for this purpose come from the 2011 census.

 

2 February 2014

Engineering Vacancies in Australia at the Commencement of 2014

Peak professional body Engineers Australia has released its latest analysis of Australia’s engineering employment market, showing that job vacancies for engineers have fallen for 23 successive months. Engineers Australia says this highlights the parlous state of infrastructure investment in Australia.

 

February 2014

Engineering Vacancies in South Australia

Vacancies for engineers in South Australia are at their lowest level in almost a decade, well below their level when the vacancies series began and also well below the low point reached during the GFC. South Australian vacancies for engineers have now fallen for 25 consecutive months with an average fall of 7.8% during 2013, an average 6.7% fall in the last three months with the fall in the latest month equalling this average.

 

February 2014

Engineering Vacancies in Tasmania

Vacancies for engineers in Tasmania are at their lowest level in almost a decade, well below their level when the vacancies series began and also well below the low point reached during the GFC. Tasmanian engineering vacancies are largely the product of local factors but still exhibited a substantial boom-bust cycle just prior and just after the GFC.

 

February 2014

Engineering Vacancies in Queensland

Vacancies for engineers in Queensland have collapsed to about one third their level when the vacancies series began and well below the low point reached during the GFC. Queensland vacancies for engineers have now fallen for 24 consecutive months with an average fall of 7.8% during 2013 and a fall of 5.7% in December.

 

February 2014

Engineering Vacancies in Victoria

Vacancies for engineers in Victoria have collapsed to well below their level when the vacancies series began and well below the low point reached during the GFC. Victorial vacancies for engineers have now fallen for 24 consecutive months.

 

February 2014

Engineering Vacancies in Western Australia

Vacancies for engineers in Western Australia have collapsed to about one third their level when the vacancies series began and well below the low point reached during the GFC. Western Australian vacancies for engineers have now fallen for 19 consecutive months compared to 24 months nationally. Falls averaged 10.6% during 2013, 6.5% during the last three months and there was a fall of 5.5% in December.

 

January 2014

Engineering Vacancies in NSW

Vacancies for engineers in NSW have collapsed to well below their level when the vacancies series began and well below the low point reached during the GFC. NSW vacancies for engineers have now fallen for 23 consecutive months.

 

October 2013

2013 Infrastructure Update

This Policy Note uses ABS Engineering Construction statistics to demonstrate that activity in economic infrastructure in Australia has stalled.

 

24 July 2013

Policy Note - Permanent Skilled Migration of Engineers

The Permanent Skilled Migration of Engineers Policy Note provides statistics and analysis on the role of permanent skilled migration in the composition of Australia's engineering labour force.

 

16 May 2013

2013 Federal Budget Policy Note - Infrastructure

This Policy Note discusses the infrastructure allocations in the 2013 Federal Budget into context by comparing the allocation this year to allocations in the recent past and by examining how the allocations for 2013-14 are distributed between States and Territories. 

 

18 February 2013

Policy Note - Changes in Engineering Specialisations 2006-2011

This Policy Note examines statistics from the 2006 and 2011 population censuses to show that in practice the engineering profession is actually comprised of numerous distinct labour markets. This has led to substantially different labour market conditions across disciplines, particularly in respect to market growth, the availability of specialist skills and gender balance.

 

February 2013

Policy Note - Election Priorities Survey, Western Australia, 2013

This Policy Note outlines the results of this survey. In most questions a five point priority scale was used with the highest priority being 1 and the lowest priority being 5.

 

February 2013

Policy Note - Change and Engineering Specialisation

This Policy Note examines statistics from the 2006 and 2011 population censuses to show that in practice this has led to substantially different labour market experiences, particularly in respect to market growth, the availability of specialist skills and gender balance.

 

29 November 2012

Policy Note - Changes in the Australian engineering labour market

The following Policy Notes examine how key aspects of the engineering labour market have changed between the 2006 and 2011 censuses.

State based:

 

19 September 2012

Policy Note - The Engineering Labour Market 2012

An analysis of the Australian engineering labour market in 2012.

 

19 September 2012

Policy Note -  State Overviews of the Engineering Labour Market 2012

A state-by-state analysis of the engineering labour market in 2012.

 

1 June 2012

Policy Note - Growth in Engineering Student Numbers

This article examines whether or not an increase in engineering places at university has affected education outcomes.

 

1 June 2012

Policy Note - A Decade of Skilled Migration

Growth in demand for engineering skills since the early 2000s has seen Australia become dependent on skilled migration to fill shortages.

 

1 June 2012

Policy Note - Australia's Infrastructure

The establishment of Infrastructure Australia in 2008 has caused a major shift in infrastructure policy in Australia. This is just the first step toward efficient infrastructure management and planning.

 

31 May 2012

Policy Note - An International Engineering Education Comparison

The OECD's Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) shows that education in engineering enabling subjects in Australia is above average but there is more to be done.

 

30 May 2012

Policy Note - Engineering Skills Shortages Persist

Engineers Australia's skills shortage survey results.

 

8 May 2012

Federal Budget Policy Note - Economic infrastructure

The 2012-13 Federal Budget does little to address vital infrastructure planning.

 

8 May 2012

Federal Budget Policy Note - Funding more places in engineering

An analysis of the 2012-13 Federal Budget allocation of funding for engineering places at university.

 

8 May 2012

Federal Budget Policy Note - Improving mathematics and science in schools

A brief comment on the 2012-13 Federal Budget measures aimed at improving mathematics and science education in schools.

 
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