The consequences of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak are unprecedented and felt around the world. The world of work is being profoundly affected by the pandemic. In addition to the threat to public health, the economic and social disruption threatens the long-term livelihoods and well-being of millions. But this is not the end of your career or your future.
According to Engineers Australia, they provide online services for events and training. However, the other services of Engineers Australia like Skill Assessment including Chartered assessments continue. Even though some of the EA teams are working remotely, they are on duty and available for contact as usual.
As the peak body of the profession, Engineers Australia have around 100,000 members, and they are ready to utilize that network and the experience of their members to support the Australian community unites to meet the challenges of the coming months.
All the information we have provided regarding COVID-19 update for Engineers Australia is as per the information mentioned by EA on their official page.
Calls for assistance from the engineering profession
- A round-up of national calls for engineering industry assistance
- Call for release of stocks of masks – N-95 respirators or equivalent, powered air supply respirators.
- Federal Government COVID-19 Department of Health vacancies – skills sought include data analysis, emergency, and logistical management; various roles, levels, and locations
- COVID-SOS – a website where health workers can post their needs, and engineers and manufacturers (including those with 3D printers) can respond
- Call for domestic manufacture of disease detection components – primers, probes, enzymes, and chemicals (Federal Govt)
- Database of experts who can contribute to tackling and recovering from COVID-19, including engineers (Australian Academy of Science)
- Call for organizations including schools, TAFEs, and universities with access to manufacturing equipment (3D printers, CNC, machine shops) to register willingness to assist (Learning Futures Network)
Government and business-related
- Round-up of Government assistance programs (KPMG)
- Overview of business assistance (business.gov.au)
- The Australia Government’s economic response to COVID-19 (Supporting individuals and households, Support for business, Supporting the flow of credit and cashflow)
- The Australian Taxation Office’s support measures for business and individuals
- A summary of Australian State and Territory economic responses
- Prime Minister’s media release announcing the creation of the COVID-19 Co-ordination Commission chaired by engineer Neville Power FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
- General legal information (does not constitute legal advice)
Remote working and the return-to-workplace transition
- Blog on remote working in the light of COVID-19 by virtual teams expert and Engineers Australia member Dr Francis Norman AFIEAust CEngA EngExec NER IntETn(Aus)
- A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers (Harvard Business Review)
- Working remotely with children (theconversation.com)
- Working remotely and mental health (APS – Australian Psychological Society)
- Claiming on tax for working from home during COVID-19 (ATO)
- Managing the return-to-work transition (Ashurst)