Reclassification of Coastal Hazard Areas!

CaptureThe government in Queensland has made the decision to reclassify coastal hazard areas based on the potential for sea levels to rise. This decision is expected to benefit both long term planning and local councils in deciding on the use for land in these hazard areas. The decision has been applauded by industry members and experts as a way to enable more prudent planning and decision making for future land development designs. Continue reading

Australian Foreign Worker Visa Shake-Up!!

downloadAn expert engineer in Australia has raised his voice to join the shout of unions in protesting against proposed visa reforms in Australia. The proposals are focused around making it easier for foreign workers to obtain visas to work as engineers in the country. This would allow large numbers of specialized engineers to commence work.

The expert who has spoken out against these proposals, Steve Durkin, is the Chief Executive of Engineers Australia. Durkin believes that by allowing foreign workers to have temporary visas, without requiring them to pass a language test or a skills test, could seriously be of detriment to the quality of engineering in the country. Those entering the country on one of these temporary visas would be able to work as an engineer in the country for up to a year. Continue reading