Today’s launch of the Australian Infrastructure Plan represents a big step forward in removing the politicisation of infrastructure development, said peak professional body Engineers Australia.
“The Plan is based on an aspiration of better decisions and better delivery. We now call on governments to use the Infrastructure Australia plan to provide community with assurance that they are getting value for money from their tax payer dollar,” said Stephen Durkin, CEO of Engineers Australia.
“With over 60,000 engineers employed in infrastructure delivery in this country, long-term planning gives engineering employers the certainty they need to invest in the skills and workforce development the government will need to deliver its nation building agenda.
“The latest engineering vacancies data show that the jobs market is uncertain, with states like New South Wales and Victoria experiencing growth, while Queensland and Western Australia are experiencing a decline.
“The engineering profession is amongst the most mobile workforces. Without implementation of a cohesive infrastructure plan, governments will continue to pay a premium to recruit and mobilise workers.
“This week, the country’s population reached 24 million and the bulk of our future growth will be in cities. Infrastructure should be managed to advance socio-economic goals, create places that we want to live in and to connect communities.
“Engineers Australia looks forward to working with Infrastructure Australia and governments to make the most of the next 15 years,” said Mr Durkin.
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Engineers Australia is the peak representative body for the engineering profession, representing more than 100,000 members from all disciplines of the engineering team. We maintain representation in every state and territory.
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