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Industry leaders discuss engineering shortage


Engineering leaders, including APESMA CEO Chris Walton, have participated in a panel discussion to identify strategies to address the engineering skills shortage.

Latest Reports from ANET

Realising an Innovation Economy: A practical roadmap to ease the engineering skills shortage in Australia

Pathways from VET Awards to Engineering Degrees: a higher education perspective

Building Engineering Capacity through Education and Training – Executive Summary and Recommendations

Scaling Up: Building engineering workforce capacity through education and training

Engineering Skills Capacity in the Road and Rail Industries


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Australia needs a national engineer strategy

Engineers are the backbone of Australia’s national economy, contributing the skills to plan, design and build national infrastructure and to innovate and drive productivity growth across all sectors of the economy.

The Australian National Engineering Taskforce (ANET) is a partnership directed to rebuilding, growing and maintaining Australia’s professional engineering capacity. ANET partners offer models and solutions to be brought together with new policies and programs to create a national engineer strategy.


Engineers identify impacts of skills shortage: survey report

A survey of nearly 2400 engineers by the Australian National Engineering Taskforce has revealed critical gaps in engineering skills and capacity at workplaces across Australia, highlighting the potentially catastrophic impacts of Australia’s engineering skills crisis.

Download the survey report


ANET partners meet with Julia Gillard

ANET projects

While ANET was initially formed to develop contributions on Higher Education reform (see our submissions to the Deputy Prime Minister), we have been encouraged to broaden our agenda to include a range of projects on the following topics:

  • Supply, demand and skills development analysis by industry sector, and in particular in major infrastructure industries such as road, rail, construction, water and electricity
  • Migration
  • Recruitment and retention strategies
  • Higher Education
  • VET and Higher Education articulation
  • Contracting and procurement models
  • On the job skills development

These projects will be rolled out progressively from the beginning of 2010.


ANET Partner organisations

The Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists & Managers, Australia The Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering Engineers Australia The Australian Council of Engineering Deans Consult Australia (formerly The Association of Consulting Engineers Australia)


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