Employment opportunities for skilled workers, particularly electricians and nurses, will rise substantially over the next five years, according to the Australian Jobs Report 2011.

The report, based on employment projections by the Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations, predicts about 50,000 jobs will be created for electricians, registered nurses and carers for the aged and disabled.

Professional jobs will make up 31 per cent of news jobs, continuing the trend over the past 20 years, in which jobs requiring a qualification at diploma level or higher have grown by 77 per cent compared to 28 per cent for unskilled jobs.

A report released by the Productivity Commission has identified wide-ranging differences in the ways all levels of government plan and zone land uses and assess development proposals.

The Indigenous Employment Program (IEO) has announced 220 job training and placements in aged and child care for Indigenous Australians.

The Senate Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee has called for submissions to its inquiry into the impact of mining of coal seam gas on the management of the Murray Darling Basin.

Major reform has been slated for the Federal Government’s infrastructure statutory advisory body, Infrastructure Australia (IA), after an additional $36 million injection was announced in the Federal Budget.

The Federal Government has announced a $3.4 billion injection for the country’s rail system.

The Federal Government has a threatened to ‘blackball’ councils that finish Commonwealth-funded infrastructure projects behind schedule or over budget.

A review of Geoscience Australia by the Department of Finance and Deregulation has found that much of the agency’s work “amounts to a national prospectus for some of Australia's most lucrative natural resources.” 

The Federal budget has provided a record $9.3 billion for science and research across all portfolios, up from $8.9 billion last year.

CSIRO has been allocated $3 billion in a new new Quadrennial Funding Agreement that will operate over the four years from 2011.

New online system for Medicare, Centrelink and Child Support

The Federal Budget has axed a number of failing green initiatives in the country’s 2011-12 Budget.

The Federal Government has announced the formation of a new National Urban Policy, providing $181.4 million designed to ‘progress a range of practical measures which will promote more productive, sustainable and liveable cities.’

Although the Federal Budget has seen an overall increase in jobs in the Australian Public Service, a temporary rise in the public sector efficiency dividend from 1.25 per cent to 1.5 per cent from July for the next two years is expected to result in some job losses across the Service. 

CSIRO and the CSIRO Staff Association are nearing agreement on the new Enterprise Agreement, following months of negotiations and stop work meetings.

The Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs has recommended that legislation introduced by the Australian Greens to end federal control over territory laws be passed by the Senate.

The Federal and Northern Territory Governments have announced a $30 million package to provide sustained employment for up to 530 Indigenous Australians.

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) is calling for the Federal Government to stick to its promise not to increase the efficiency dividend as a way of balancing the budget.

Australian Government agencies will be required to publish increased amounts of information on their websites under a number of alterations to existing freedom of information laws.

The COAG Road Reform Plan (CRRP) has released a new paper to initiate discussion on funding and implementation issues.

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