The Australian PMI moved back into the black in June, increasing by 9.9 points to 51.5 (readings above 50 points indicate expansion in activity, with higher results indicating a faster rate of expansion), according to the AiGroup. The June result comes in the wake of April’s largest ever monthly fall in the Australian PMI. However, … Continue reading Manufacturing goes positive again for June
Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement that the Australian government will look at workplace relations reform, a range of industry groups have reportedly outlined what they would like to see from the federal government. While the manufacturing sector employs roughly one in twelve Australians, productivity in the sector has declined, and only accounts for 6.8 … Continue reading Industry groups’ wishlist for workplace relations reforms
Manufacturing in Australia has recorded its 14th consecutive month of expansion, led by the country’s substantial food and beverage industry. Five of the eight manufacturing sub-sectors expanded in November, according to the Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI). However, non-metallic mineral products (mainly building materials) plunged 10.2 points and into contraction at … Continue reading Australian manufacturing continues 2017 expansion
Victoria’s large energy users have been included in the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) on an opt-in basis – meaning those which have worthwhile energy efficiency opportunities will be able to join the scheme. The scheme requires energy retailers to achieve emissions reduction targets by helping energy users improve their efficiency and has recently expanded … Continue reading Opt-in energy scheme ‘a win’ for industry
While the number of manufacturing courses available to Australian-based students has steadily declined over the past six years, Steven Impey takes an in-depth look at how America is influencing the future of Australia’s education system. ……… When deciding what future generations of manufacturers should be learning in school, at TAFE, or even inside the halls … Continue reading Smart lessons from America
While it is widely reported that Australian manufacturing is “out-dated” and on the decline, research suggests the public values the industry more than expected. Steven Impey reports. Analysis around Australia’s attitude towards manufacturing has revealed a startling misconception about the industry. Despite a culture that is consistently told that the sector is in decline, an investigation … Continue reading Changing public perceptions of manufacturing
The AMWU will this week tell the Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry, which is being held in Melbourne, that the sector requires more regulation to protect workers’ rights.
The Government’s promise to deliver a surplus in 2012-13 will come at a considerable cost to industry.