OPINION

Skills shortages in Australia

Skills shortages in Australia

The Commonwealth Department of Employment recently released a publication highlighting skilled occupations that are facing shortages or recruitment difficulties within Australia.

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Are apprenticeship degrees an answer to worker capability moving forward?

Are apprenticeship degrees an answer to worker capability moving forward?

Ai Group is modelling its recent calls to integrate trades skills into higher level qualifications by managing a pilot program that shakes up the current apprenticeship model.

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The 'clean coal' row shouldn't distract us from using carbon capture for other industries

The 'clean coal' row shouldn't distract us from using carbon capture for other industries

Since the February blackouts in South Australia, the Australian government has increased its interest in carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS). However, in Australia and elsewhere, CCS is closely associated to so-called "clean coal" technologies. The media sometimes treats them as one and the same thing.

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Why suburban tensions and inequality will drive infrastructure innovation

Why suburban tensions and inequality will drive infrastructure innovation

The global trend towards suburbanisation and suburbanisms (meaning suburban ways of life) has an important infrastructure dimension. In both growing and shrinking suburbs, decisions on infrastructure - mobility systems, water and waste water systems, and energy distribution and production networks - have been central.

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Politicians Can't Walk Away From Tough Decisions

Politicians Can't Walk Away From Tough Decisions

Parliamentarians who are weighing up whether to accept the independent umpire's decision on penalty rates must ask themselves five critical questions. First, what are we giving up on if we don't make this common sense change to penalty rates?

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From Smart Cities 1.0 to 2.0: it's not (only) about the tech

From Smart Cities 1.0 to 2.0: it's not (only) about the tech

Australia, one of the world's most urbanised nations, is looking to up its investment in digital technologies to make our cities work better.

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Company Tax Cuts Needed As Resource Construction Dips To Seven Year Low

Company Tax Cuts Needed As Resource Construction Dips To Seven Year Low

The value of resource and civil construction (engineering construction) has fallen to its lowest level since March 2009 confirming the need for policy reforms to aid the economy in getting over the construction phase of the mining boom.

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Victoria needs a big-picture transport plan that isn't about winners v losers

Victoria needs a big-picture transport plan that isn't about winners v losers

There has been no shortage of ideas about how to spend the A$9.7 billion the Victorian government will receive from selling a 50-year lease for the Port of Melbourne.

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Value capture: a good idea to fund infrastructure but not easy in practice

Value capture: a good idea to fund infrastructure but not easy in practice

Is "value capture" a wonderful untapped opportunity to fulfil all our infrastructure dreams? Or is it just a new way to sting the taxpayer?

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Focus on the sweet spot for project success

Focus on the sweet spot for project success

The fate of a major project is usually assessed in terms of how it fared in achieving time, cost and scope parameters.

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