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Australia is in the middle of an infrastructure boom, one that is unprecedented in recent times, and according to experts will continue for the next five to 15 years . The current boom is vastly different from projects of yesteryear, which concentrated on social infrastructure; hospitals, prisons and schools. Infrastructure mega-projects happening now are mainly around transport, mining and energy.  Balancing environmental and...
In the last few decades the shift to the study electives of business, tourism, hospitality and legal studies meant that enrolments in subjects such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics fell below optimal levels. The growing commercial opportunities of employment in those areas was ample encouragement for school leavers not needing or wanting to go onto university for tertiary studies. Those that did go onto university...
The transition from resource-based economy to more and more innovative, diverse and technology-based one generates a demand for different kinds of knowledge and capabilities than ever before. The know-how needed in the new economy is substantially based on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. However, the rates of secondary students taking up these subjects are alarmingly low. One of the biggest STEM based fields...