Walloped by floods and pummeled with cyclones in recent months, Queensland’s economic recovery is facing its latest foe: a chronic shortage of engineers.

A nation-wide lack of engineers will likely threaten Queensland’s recovery, caution experts from the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers. In addition, not having enough engineers available could undermine agreements for funding from the Commonwealth under the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement (NDRAA).

It is estimated in Queensland that the costs of recent flooding and Cyclone Yasi are in the $3 billion range, much of it necessary for repairing and rebuilding roads and other transport infrastructure.

Under the Arrangement, Queensland has just two years to use the Commonwealth’s NDRAA recovery funds. While it is unlikely the Government will step back from the deal, many believe rebuilding will take considerably longer than two years. A recent report stated that the shortage of skilled workers has already led to project cost overruns of up to 20 per cent.

Making Sense of Management

Management is the art, or science, of getting things done through people. Sounds fairly straightforward – except for the fact that people are not robots waiting to do our bidding. People have their own minds, motivations, and goals. So how do managers keep operations – and the people behind them – running as planned?

November 21, 2018, 3:45 AM AEDT