VET enrolments rose in 2021 – NCVER

The total number of government-funded students involved in VET courses rose five percent in 2021 compared to the previous year, according to a new report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). The report Government-funded students and courses 2021 found a total of 1,250,100 students were enrolled in government-funded vocational education and training…

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Design milestone achieved on JORN over the horizon radar

Daronmont Technologies has achieved a major milestone in the $1.2 billion upgrade of Australia’s JORN over the horizon defence radar, with the completion of advanced design work for the hundreds of sounders and transponders that enable the strategically important surveillance of the oceans across Australia’s north. Each sounder provides a primary source of return data…

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TAFE Queensland, Ark Energy sign MoU on hydrogen industry training

TAFE Queensland and the Ark Energy Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding on training for renewables, following the company’s recent announcement that it will develop a hydrogen hub at Sun Metals’ zinc refinery in Townsville focussed on decarbonising transport. Ark is the Australian subsidiary of Korea Zinc Co, and according to its website has…

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Magnium raises $3.24 million to progress green magnesium technology

Magnium Australia has raised $3.24 million as it continues to scale up its CSIRO-developed technology for carbon neutral processing of the lightweight metal magnesium.  The Australian Financial Review’s Street Talk column reports that the raise will support a new plant to prove Magnium’s process can run continuously, with completion planned for December. According to Magnum’s…

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CSIRO to develop advanced defence protective equipment

CSIRO will work with two innovative defence SME manufacturers to develop a range of advanced defence protective equipment to protect against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) contaminants. CSIRO has received $8.65 million from the Defence Innovation Hub to develop a single cannister to protect breathing against these threats utilising new materials and technologies. The…

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ATSE calls for swift action on energy transition

Leading fellows of the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) have called for a rapid deployment of new technologies to decarbonise energy systems. Here, Peter Roberts exposes the industry backdrop to their calls. Australia is in the throes of an energy crisis, with electricity generation prices around 115 per cent above the previous highest average…

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FBICRC to launch $18.4 million cathode precursor plant

The Future Battery Industries CRC (FBICRC) will officially launch its flagship project, the Australian-first Cathode Precursor Production Pilot Plant, at 3.30 pm AWST (5.30 AEST) on Monday. The new site will allow for production of precisely-engineered materials which represent the highest cost component of a battery cell, it said. The signing of contracts by the…

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