The shortage of engineering and related employment skills

The shortage of engineering and related employment skills

12 July 2012

© Commonwealth of Australia 2012
ISBN 978-1-74229-644-9

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Membership of the Committee (PDF 14KB)
Recommendations (PDF 6KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 24KB)

Structure of the report
Conduct of the inquiry
Other inquiries
Note on references

Chapter 2 - Engineering in Australia: a background (PDF 818KB)

What is engineering?
A history of engineering training in Australia
Types of qualifications
The Australian engineering labour market
Growth in demand for engineers
Skills shortage
Low participation rates of women
Government policies and programs
Skilled migration
The role of migration in addressing the shortage

Chapter 3 - Education and training pathways (PDF 600KB)

Science, technology, education and mathematics at school
Vocational Education and Training

Chapter 4 - The impact of the engineering skills shortage (PDF 83KB)

Impact on economic development and infrastructure delivery
Impact on employment
Impact on public sector capability

Chapter 5 - Addressing the causes of the skills shortage (PDF 260KB)

Workforce training
Engineers working in non-engineering roles
The profile of engineers and engineering in the community

Appendix 1 (PDF 20KB)
Submissions received by the Committee
Additional Information received by the Committee

Answers to Questions on Notice
Appendix 2 - Witnesses who appeared before the Committee (PDF 8KB)
Appendix 3 (PDF 516KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committees
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3521
Fax: +61 2 6277 5706