Month: May 2014

Education & Skilling

Faster visa processing could help higher education sector

Attracting talented students from overseas is important for higher education institutions in Australia, and a recent government decision could prove to be a massive help. The Department of Immigration and Border Control announced that it will be extending its streamlined visa processing arrangements to students at "low immigration risk providers". Those who are enrolled in advanced diploma…

30 May 2014, by Informa Australia

Maritime and Transport

Rail

Auckland rail fast track could be hit by roadblocks

The Auckland government's plans to start on its $2.86 billion city rail link project a decade earlier than first intended could be scuppered, following an independent review from PwC. The consulting firm prepared a report for the Auckland Council, which warns that it is important to set realistic targets. This issue was raised after the…

30 May 2014, by Informa Australia

Community Healthcare

Health & Healthcare

Improving the lives of young people living with complex disabilities

Sue Hodgson, President of HOPES Inc. joined us recently to discuss her future plans and aspirations for her organisation and the individuals that she and her colleagues, continue to support. Sue will be presenting at the upcoming Younger People with Very High and Complex Care Needs Conference which will take place on 19th and 20th June 2014 at…

30 May 2014, by Informa Australia

Maritime and Transport

Rail

AusRAIL welcomes the first new Platinum and Gala Dinner Sponsor after almost a decade

AusRAIL recently welcomed UGL as the first new Platinum and Gala Dinner Sponsor after almost a decade. UGL has been a leading sponsor of AusRAIL for over 11 years. As the largest provider of complete rail solutions in the Asia Pacific region, and Australia’s largest supplier of outsourced asset management and rolling stock maintenance services,…

29 May 2014, by Informa Australia

Defence & Security

Technology

A report on UAVs’ development and implementation for use by the Australian Police Service

The Australian Police Service recognises the advantages that the emergence of unmanned technologies and autonomous systems bring.  There has been plenty of space and opportunities to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Australia as the government values the future of the industry.  However fast we are progressing, some challenges remain - legislation, control, technicality and education are…

29 May 2014, by Informa Australia

Technology

Bitcoin isn’t for me? Think again.

First introduced as an open source software in 2009 by developer Satoshi Nakamoto, the peer-to-peer payment system Bitcoin is gathering popularity fast for the last two years, as the network stabilised in 2013. As the number of Bitcoin users grows locally and globally, Australian retailers need to recognise the opportunity this trend brings - Statistics show that…

28 May 2014, by Informa Australia

Maritime and Transport

Rail

New light rail to fuel Newcastle’s growth

The city of Newcastle is on track to enjoy improved public transport infrastructure following the announcement of a new light rail project. Minister for Planning Pru Goward and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian recently confirmed the route for the Newcastle Light Rail, which will encompass both the rail corridor and Hunter Street. Trains will travel…

28 May 2014, by Informa Australia

Maritime and Transport

Rail

Victoria on board with National Rail Safety Regulator

With Australia's national transport reform continually gathering steam, the state of Victoria provided a massive boost with the news that it will implement an important piece of legislation. The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) announced earlier this week that Victoria will be joining the National Rail Safety Regulator. As such, the Rail…

27 May 2014, by Informa Australia

Health & Healthcare

Are Australia’s nursing graduates under threat?

Nurses play a vital role in any country's healthcare system, and ensuring there is a steady pipeline of local talent is essential. However, according to the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), the ease of access to 457 visas is pushing many home-grown nurses out of the picture. ACTU President Ged Kearney recently revealed that…

27 May 2014, by Informa Australia

Health & Healthcare

Performance data highlights strong healthcare in Queensland

The Queensland government recently released new healthcare performance data on key areas around the state, and the figures indicate that its residents are certainly in safe hands. In compiling the quarterly review, the government assessed a range of critical measures to gauge how healthcare providers in various cities were performing. These included metrics such as…

26 May 2014, by Informa Australia

Maritime and Transport

Rail

Is Wi-Fi the future of rail communications?

Communications-based train control (CBTC) is steadily becoming the train control system of choice for both new and existing metro lines. Currently, most modern RF-based CBTC are being deployed over a Wi-Fi radio bearer. Rodrigo Alvarez, Senior Consultant – Rail Comms at Titan ICT Consultants talks to us about some of the potential issues associated with that design option. You…

26 May 2014, by Informa Australia

Mining & Resources

How robotic trucks are assisting mining in the Pilbara

As the driving force of Australia's mining industry, it is essential that those involved with mining in the Pilbara have access to the newest technology and tools. If the latest machines to arrive in the Western Australian hub are anything to go by, the Pilbara is well on track to continue leading the sector. Mining…

26 May 2014, by Informa Australia