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Industry welcomes Competition Review panel's draft report
"The Australian Industry Group welcomes today's draft report from the Competition Review panel led by Professor Ian Harper," Australian Industry Group Chief Executive Innes Willox ...
Contractors, managers not on the same page: survey
More than half (55 per cent) of contractors feel they are treated differently to permanent employees, despite 85 per cent of employers believing contractors are treated in the same ...
Govt's VET reforms 'restoration of apprenticeship brand'
Industry will have a stronger voice in ensuring Australia's workforce is skilled and ready to drive economic growth in the industries of the future, Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane ...
Australian manufacturers 'equipped' with stronger research ties
Australian businesses now have access to the expertise and experience to build stronger connections between industry and science under the Research Connections stream of the Government's ...
Govt invests $50m to expand higher-value manufacturing
The Australian government has now opened applications for the "Manufacturing Transition Programme", a $50 million initiative aimed at continuing the Australian manufacturing industry's ...
Australian PMI: manufacturing slips back in August
The Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) slipped back into negative territory in August, following a short-lived stabilisation in ...
Govt provides support during automotive industry transition
The Australian government has taken steps to support domestic manufacturing through fleet procurement until the end of local car production.
Improving conditions reflect 'steady' construction outlook
Master Builders' latest Survey of Industry Conditions for the June 2014 quarter reveals improved residential and commercial sector conditions despite a third successive downward ...
First direct-diode laser bright enough for metal cutting, welding
Diode lasers – used in laser pointers, barcode scanners, DVD players, and other low-power applications – are perhaps the most efficient, compact, and low-cost lasers available.
Advancing manufacturing: do we have the skills?
Australia's continued shift from heavy industrial manufacturing to higher value-added, technologically advanced manufacturing may be inevitable in the next ten years, but the skills ...
Additive manufacturing: beyond prototyping
The buzz around additive manufacturing – joining materials layer-by-layer from a three-dimensional model – is growing, particularly if the stock prices of 3D printing companies is ...
Qld steel firm pays damages for unlicensed design software
A Queensland steel company has been forced to pay $17,500 in damages for using unlicensed software.
Global laser cutting sector set for seven-year growth: report
A recent reported has suggested that the future for the laser cutting sector for the next seven years looks set for growth thanks to a combination of economic growth, developing ...
Aust 'lags significantly' on innovation
Australia risks being left behind as the only country in the OECD that does not have a national science and technology, or innovation policy, an expert told a packed forum recently. ...
Seven Deadly Sins in selecting a CNC cutting machine
CNC specialist The Lincoln Electric Company explains the Seven Deadly Sins (or should that be Seven Common Errors?) that engineers may commit when purchasing a CNC cutting machine ...
Manufacturing expands slightly in July: Australian PMI
The latest Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI®) edged into positive territory in July, following eight months of contraction, ...
Industry Skills Fund open for consultation
The federal government is seeking feedback on the design and implementation of the new Industry Skills Fund, the $476 million programme which will underpin Australia's sustainable ...
FWO welcomes positive feedback, addresses challenges
The Fair Work Ombudsman has welcomed the findings of a University of Melbourne research project which examined the agency's compliance work.
Govt opens $11m fund for greater Tasmania investment
The Australian Government is putting in place a 'key program' in its overall strategy to create new opportunities for investment and jobs growth in Tasmania.
Gas market reform 'huge consequences' for manufacturing
An alliance of six industry associations released on Sunday (20 July) the first comprehensive analysis of the impact of rapidly escalating gas prices on the Australian economy.
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