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Government Must Invest in Under-Funded, Outdated TAFE for Skills-Led COVID-19 Recovery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


The Impact of COVID-19 Unemployment on Tradies’ Mental Health

Geoff Crittenden | Chief Executive Officer, Weld Australia It’s OK not to be OK.  Mental health issues, like depression and anxiety, are incredibly common in Australia. In fact, Australia has the second highest prevalence of depressive disorders globally. Approximately 15% of Australians will experience depression in their lifetime, and another 26% will experience an anxiety… Read more »


Training Does Not Create Jobs: A Strong Industry Does

Geoff Crittenden | Chief Executive Officer, Weld Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s newly announced JobMaker solution addresses just one aspect of a much broader problem. Weld Australia has called on the Prime Minister to not only invest in our exceptionally under-funded and outdated VET system, but to: inject capital into Australia’s advanced manufacturing industry and… Read more »


The Essential Nature of Welding

Geoff Crittenden | Chief Executive Officer, Weld Australia Welding is one of the most ubiquitous process on the planet. It is fundamental to the construction of bridges, high-rise buildings, mining equipment, ships, and even household appliances, such as fridges and washing machines. Next time you’re driving down the road, take a look around you: crash… Read more »


A New Deal for Australian Manufacturing

Geoff Crittenden | Chief Executive Officer, Weld Australia A rejuvenated Australian manufacturing industry can make a significant contribution to paying off the $320 billion COVID-19 stimulus package debt. It can deliver a sovereign capability that is absolutely vital to Australia’s economy, workforce, and national interest. Manufacturing has slipped from 28% of Australia’s GDP in the… Read more »


Supervision, Inspection and Qualification Services Now Available Remotely

In the wake of COVID-19 restrictions, Weld Australia has developed a new procedure to carry out welding inspection and supervision services, as well as qualification of welding procedures and personnel—remotely.


Changes to IIW Certifications and Qualifications to Help Tackle COVID-19 Conditions

Over the last few weeks, Weld Australia has been working closely with the International Institute of Welding (IIW) on several measures designed to make certification and qualification processes more accessible in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. If, for any reason, you are facing difficulties in completing your certification audit or qualification renewal in the… Read more »


The Demise of Australian Manufacturing & The Impact of COVID-19

Geoff Crittenden | Chief Executive Officer, Weld Australia Australia has a long, proud history of manufacturing throughout the 20th century. With the federation of Australia in 1901, customs barriers were eliminated between the states, so they could more easily trade with another. This saw the first wave of manufacturing expansion, particularly in Victoria and New… Read more »