Audit office raises doubts over maintenance of Navy ships

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has delivered scathing criticism of Defence’s sustainment programme for some of the country’s most important naval assets. The office’s report found sustainment of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of eight ANZAC class frigates was not meeting most of its key performance indicators. The ANZACs service life has been extended…

Funds bring PhD skills to SME manufacturing

The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) have joined to reduce costs for SMEs accessing technology and digitilsation skills. The two will fund 23 skilled PhDs with manufacturing SMEs and larger companies to apply their specialist expertise to drive advanced and digital manufacturing and optimisation solutions. Industry partners…

First Australian hydrogen exported to Japan

The first hydrogen produced in Australia using solar energy has been successfully exported to Japan, marking a milestone in what many could believe could be a major new industry. The hydrogen was produced by QUT’s solar cells at Queensland’s Redlands Research Facility, and exported by Japan’s largest petroleum conglomerate, JXTG. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk applauded the…