The Federal Government has announced the start of a new round of consultation on the Industry Innovation Precincts project, one of the key initiatives announced as part of the $1 billion Plan for Australian Jobs.

The Federal Government has announced teams of specialist engineers and environmental advisers have begun work on identifying and investigating the design, safety and conversion issues associated with the proposed Maldon to Dombarton Rail Link.

Monash University has announced the opening of its new Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing (M-CAM), which has been established to drive the establishment of a high-end, waste-free, tailored manufacturing for the aerospace industry.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Victorian Minister for Transport, Terry Mulder, have officially opened section 4B of the Geelong Ring Road, marking the completion of the project.

The Federal Government has announced it has granted Major Project Facilitation (MPF) status to the National Port Corporation’s Field Support Hub (FiSH).

Leighton Holdings has been awarded a further $975 million in contracts to deliver civil and underground works for the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project.

Australian companies continue to prefer to source talent from local pools rather than 457 visa holders, according to the latest survey conducted by industry association Consult Australia.

The Federal Government has announced it will provide $21.3 million to Charles Darwin University (CDU) to establish a new trades training facility at the Casurina Campus in Darwin.

The Queensland Government has announced the multi-million Port of Brisbane Motorway is now open to traffic, eight months ahead of schedule.

Tasmanian based Bell Bay Aluminium has announced it has struck an agreement with Swire Shipping for the provision of direct international ocean freight shipping between Asian ports and Bell Bay Port.

Employers will have to prove there is a legitimate skill shortage before being able to take on a foreign employee under the much-maligned 457 Visa scheme.

The delivery of major projects around Queensland has highlighted the pressing need for targeting skilling programs, according to a recently released report.

Construction and engineering consultancy company Sinclair Knight Merz has joined the ranks of the world’s top 100 architectural firms following the release of the 2013 World Architecture Top 100 rankings.

The Victorian Government has officially granted planning approval for the $1.6 billion Webb Dock redevelopment.

The Federal Government has released the final terms of reference for the Independent Review of the Port of Gladstone.

National ICT Australia (NICTA) and Sydney Water have teamed up to install smart technology throughout the city’s water pipes that will forecast potential breakgages in the system.

Coal will continue to serve as an important contributor to the Australia’s future energy production, according to a new report released by the University of Queensland.

The Federal Government has announced it will contribute $504 million to establish 10 new Industry Innovation Precincts in an attempt to drive productivity, improve connections between business and the research sector and modernise the country’s industry to compete more successfully in global markets.

LaTrobe University will be able to examine the fabric of the universe with even greater accuracy following the opening of its new $100 million LaTrobe Institute of Molecular Sciences (LIMS) building.

Engineering firm Leighton has posted an underlying profit of $448 million, shrugging off a tough 2012 to focus on a ‘stabilise, rebase and regrow’ strategy.

Construction project delivery specialist firm Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has celebrated the opening of the new Penenisula Link freeway in Victoria, marking the first major road project to be delivered by the Availability Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Australia.

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