Policy reports

Engineers Australia is at the nexus of engineering and policy thought leadership. We produce a range of reports to inform policy development.

Engineering construction on infrastructure: ten years of trends

Over the past 10 years, Australia’s public sector engineering construction on infrastructure in real terms has displayed a downward trend. Recent gains are making up for earlier losses. Since 2012-13, it has not kept pace with population or economic growth. The current upswing in infrastructure construction underway since 2014-15 is really compensating for a downwards cycle in construction over the four years before.

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An update to this report has been published to examine the decade up to 30 June 2019. A copy is available by clicking here (PDF)

The future of Australian electricity generation

Engineers Australia believes that the future of Australia’s energy supply will be dependent on a strong engineering workforce. Engineers will play a critical role in the research, development, production and implementation of energy efficiency measures and emerging technology options, helping to provide reliable energy to Australian consumers, while at the same time helping to meet Australia’s emission reduction targets.

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The state of the engineering profession

Shares Engineers Australia’s insights for 2017, specifically the change required to realise this country’s political, social, and economic aspirations.

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Tasmanian engineering workforce development plan

The first profession-based plan for Tasmania. It was supported by Skills Tasmania and, by working with industry leaders, education providers and government representatives, the plan has identified the key challenges facing the profession and includes industry-owned recommendations for action. Implementation will lead to a highly skilled and agile workforce that can meet the demands of Tasmania’s changing and growing economy.

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Building the West

Engineers Australia is part of the Western Australia Infrastructure Coalition. It is a broadly-based infrastructure industry group that has been established to promote and facilitate the creation of an independent statutory authority “Infrastructure WA”. The Infrastructure Coalition also aims to provide a robust forum for industry involvement in infrastructure issues.

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Energy security for Australia

Australia needs a much broader understanding of energy security than the one that policy makers were using. The definition was too narrowly focused on economic harm arising from a loss of supply, and gave insufficient attention to the fact that energy security is a multi–dimensional concept intertwined with issues across the social, political, economic and environmental spectrum. Energy Security for Australia is an important contribution towards crafting a comprehensive energy security policy.

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Our FLNG future

FLNG and associated subsea systems bring a number of changes to the way LNG developments are undertaken, moving from a large onshore facilities fed from offshore fields to one where the facility is stationed directly at the field. These changes are reflected in changing demands for engineering skills and services. In 2014, to understand how the effects of these changes on the Western Australian engineering sector could be best managed, Engineers Australia held a series of facilitated workshops with operators, engineering companies, researchers and industry representative bodies to solicit understandings and identify both the opportunities and challenges for the industry. The workshops identified a number of themes, which are discussed in the paper, Our FLNG Future: Engineering Opportunities and Challenges.

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Government as an informed buyer

A report that explores how the public sector can most effectively procure engineering-intensive products and services.

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