Celebrating 100 Years of Engineering

Celebrating the centenary of representing their profession, our member association Engineers Australia co-hosted the World Engineers Convention 2019 with the World Federation of Engineering Organisations in Melbourne last week.

The World Federation of Engineering Organisations is the peak body for engineering institutions internationally, representing more than 90 countries and 20 million engineers around the world. This is the first time that Engineers Australia and World Federation of Engineering Organisations have co-hosted a convention in Australia.

Engineers Australia is one of the largest professional associations for engineering in the world, representing all engineering disciplines and active in accreditation and setting international standards for engineering education.

Engineers Australia is a proud Member of the Australian Council of Professions. EA Executive General Manager, Professional Standards & Practice Ron Watts CompIEAust FAHRI said “The World Engineers Convention is a great example of how professions in Australia showcase all that is great about how the professions contribute to the communities they serve and a reminder that we are part of a global community. Over 75 nations were represented at WEC.

The Australian Council of Professions congratulates Engineers Australia on their work to help shape, regulate and represent the profession. ACoP President Klaus Veil FACHI FHL7 said “Engineering is a profession that is integral to every field of human endeavour and touches the life of every Australian.  From the professionals that enable us to be mobile by designing our roads, railways and airports, the experts that keep us healthy and safe designing and testing medical equipment to those that push the boundaries beyond the earth designing telescopes and spacecraft – all are part of the community of over 100,000 professionals in Engineers Australia.  The Australian Council of Professions thanks Engineers Australia for 100 years of service to the Australian community.

The Most and Least Trusted Professions in Australia 2019

Not all jobs are equal.  A poll released today reveals that doctors are considered the most trustworthy profession in Australia, while scientists are the most trusted globally.  People would put their lives in your hands if you were in certain professions, whereas other occupations would see you treated with suspicion:

Australians don’t seem to put much trust in their politicians, with politicians generally ranking as the most untrustworthy profession, followed by advertising executives.

The 2019 Ipsos Global Trust in Professions Survey, completed online by adults aged 16-74 in 22 countries, showed that in Australia, Doctors are the most trustworthy profession (69%), followed by Scientists (62%), Teachers (60%), Armed Forces (58%) and the Police (56%).
The occupations most likely to be considered untrustworthy were politicians (64%), Government ministers (55%), Advertising executives (55%), Bankers (52%) and Clergy/Priests (42%).

2019-20 Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan for 2019-20 was released today.

The development process had started with the 2019 Strategic Review and Planning day on 25 June 2019 in Melbourne. Members were invited to participate and two facilitators assisted the review and planning process.

In summary, our overall Purpose, Vision and Mission were re-confirmed with the goal of becoming “the Meeting Place” for Thought Leaders on all things Professional.

Stategic Plan 2019-20 Overview

A Strategic Review and Refresh Day is planned for April 2020.

Professionalism and Ethics Forum 2018

We held a Members-Only Forum on Professionalism and Ethics on 17 November 2018 in Melbourne. Dr Wim VanDeKerckhove PhD, Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Employment and Work (CREW) at the University of Greenwich UK and a global leader in whistleblowing management standards gave the keynote. This was followed by presentations by A/Prof Eva Tsahuridu from RMIT and Barrister Philip Argy, Law Council of Australia.
A very comprehensive discussion ensued on how professionalism and its underlying culture of ethics (e.g. “Doing the Right Thing when Nobody is Looking”) defines our society and ensures its well‐being ‐ by professionals defending our citizens from the ill effects of “alternative facts”, “fake news”, “self‐appointed experts” and “profits before clients” conduct.

Our Professionalism and Ethics Commitee is planning to progress the outcomes of the Forum at a larger event next year.

Brenda Aynsley Tribute

“On behalf of the Board of the Australian Council of Professions, I am saddened to advise of the passing last weekend of our friend, colleague and former President, Brenda Aynsley OAM FACS CP.
Brenda was respected by us all as a leader and mentor within the Australian Computer Society, the Australian Council of Professions and across the professions that our organisation represents.  She was fearless in her advocacy of the value of professionalism and the maintenance of the highest standards of professional and ethical practice.
Brenda served as our President in 2017-18 and as President of the Australian Computer Society in 2014-15.  She was chair and immediate past chair of the International Professional Practice Program (IP3).”

ACoP President Klaus Veil, 15 August 2018

Please see the tributes to Brenda Aynsley in the ‘InformationAge’ newsletter of our member, the Australian Computer Society ACS.

At the Tribute event for Brenda hosted by our Member Association the Australian Computer Society in Melbourne, we were honoured to announce the Brenda Aynsley Memorial Lecture on Professionalism.

Vale Brenda Aynsley OAM FACS CP

Professions Australia welcomes Action

The appointment by CPA Australia of a panel to review claims relating to the use of CPA Australia members’ funds has been welcomed by the nation’s peak professional body, the Australian Councel of Professions. ACoP President of Brenda Aynsley OAM said this action to address claims and criticisms made by some CPA members was an appropriate response. “It’s important for CPA Australia and its members that the review addresses these matters and ensures that both members and the public continue to have confidence in the accounting profession and in all professionals working in any capacity in our community,” Ms Aynsley said. “Professions Australia as the peak body for professional associations works with our members to encourage the highest professional standards by all professionals and continued good governance on the part of organisations working to protect the public.

See Press Release.

Trust in Professions Survey 2017

Health professionals continue to be Australia’s most trusted profession with Nurses again being seen as the most highly regarded, followed by Doctors and Pharmacists.

In the Roy Morgan Image of Professions Survey 2017 released today, 94% of Australians (up 2% from 2016) rated Nurses ‘very high’ or ‘high’ for their ‘ethics and honesty’. Nurses have topped the annual survey for 23 years running since being included for the first time in 1994.

Nurses are followed by Doctors on 89% (up 3%), Pharmacists on 84% (down 2%) and Dentists on 79% (up 4%). Only School Teachers on 81% (up 4%) and Engineers on 80% (up 2%) prevent a clean sweep at the top for healthcare professionals.