A Gas-Led Recovery Will Not Work

“We need to get the gas from under our feet.” So said Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a speech in late January, emphasising his plans for a ‘gas-led recovery’ following the COVID-19 pandemic. Morrison has committed a whopping $6 billion to the development of gas in Australia, in an economic strategy that is entirely contrary… Read more »

Now Is The Time Make Manufacturing A National Priority

  Geoff Crittenden | CEO, Weld Australia Recent media commentary has dismissed the very real contribution that the manufacturing industry could make to Australia’s COVID-19 economic recovery. I was particularly disappointed in the ABC’s recent analysis that “Manufacturing will grow slowly, as it has weak underlying fundamentals” and “overall conditions remain weak”. The entire article… Read more »

Gender Diversity in Industrial Sectors Essential to Economic Recovery

Welding has always been male-dominated. The trade conjures up images of burly men handling heavy machinery in dark, dirty, spark-filled workshops. But, with the advent of automation and other advanced welding technologies, this image is becoming more and more antiquated; welding is a far less dangerous, arduous job than ever before. Increasingly, Australia’s world-class workshops… Read more »

Welding 4.0: The Future of Industry

The trade of welding conjures up images of dirty, dark workshops full to the brim with traditional tools and machinery prone to throwing off sparks and fumes. But, with the advent of automation, robots, co-bots and a range of other advanced welding technologies, this perception is becoming more and more outdated. Welding is a far… Read more »

Knowing the Signs & Symptoms of a Mental Health Crisis (Guest Post)

I’ve been often quoted that knowing the more common signs of a mental health disorder is equally important as knowing resuscitation, both can have a profound impact on the lives of our loved ones and the wider community. When we look statistically at mental health in Australia, 1 in 5 Australians will experience a common… Read more »

State Government Investment in Local Rail Manufacturing Would Create Thousands of Jobs

Recent comments from the New South Wales State Government that Australia is ill-equipped to manufacture trains locally are simply untrue. Australia has a proud and successful history of railcar manufacture; one only has to look at the Tangara trains, which were one of the most advanced and internationally successful trains of their time. Weld Australia… Read more »

The Benefits of Online Training Courses

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Weld Australia accelerated the development and launch of two new online training courses: those associated with the International Welding Specialist (IWS) and International Welding Inspector – Basic (IWI-B) qualifications. This new online format offers students a raft of benefits, from increased flexibility through to more efficient learning. Increased… Read more »

Thousands of Cracks Discovered at Chevron’s Gorgon LNG Plant

Weld Australia Calls on Chevron to Leverage the Skills of the Local Welding Industry to Rectify Imported Components Geoff Crittenden | Chief Executive Officer, Weld Australia With dangerous cracks discovered in critical components of the US$54 billion Gorgon LNG project off the Pilbara coast, Weld Australia is calling on Chevron to leverage the skills and… Read more »

Government Must Invest in Under-Funded, Outdated TAFE for Skills-Led COVID-19 Recovery

Geoff Crittenden | Chief Executive Officer, Weld Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s newly announced JobMaker program hinges on a skills-led COVID-19 economic recovery. And yet, Australia’s largest, oldest and most essential vocational education provider, TAFE, has had courses and budgets slashed over the last 10 years. Cuts to TAFE funding have had a severe impact… Read more »

The Importance of Being Part of a Community (Particularly in Tough Times)

Donna South | National Manager Membership & Marketing, Weld Australia We tend to think of a community as being people divided into geographical areas or regions. Really though, a community is any group of people who are connected to or relate to one another in some way and, well, communicate. A community might be a… Read more »