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The FMA congratulates all of the winners across the eight
3 Advanced Manufacturing – Cortical Dynamics
3 Cyber Security – CryptoPhoto
3 Energy Resources – Long Pipes
3 Food and Agribusiness – Aglive
3 Medtech and Pharma – Vectus Biosystems
3 Mining Technology – Core Resources
3 New Energy – Wattwatchers
3 Smart Cities – Independent Products.
To see all of the finalists, go to www.austechcomp.com.
The Australian Security Research Centre calls for papers
The ASRC is compiling two publications for the first half of 2017,
and is now seeking contributions. In accordance with its charter, the
ASRC seeks to raise, study and provide a forum for the discussion of
The two issues currently under review are:
3 the lone attacker
3 security implications of drones.
The ASRC invites you to submit papers of between 5000–15,000
words on your chosen topic for compilation into a thought-provoking
monograph. The only requirement is that your paper addresses
security in some manner. The ASRC intends to publish both
monographs in June 2017 through the publishing arm of ASRC –
If you intend to contribute to one or both of the publications,
please advise Cath Brinkley, ASRC Director, in writing at
Australian Government releases infrastructure report
The Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities has
presented a report titled ‘Harnessing Value, Delivering Infrastructure’.
The report spotlights four main areas: the role of transport
connectivity in stimulating development, the economic benefits, the
role of government and the role of value capture.
Key topics in the report are:
3 property development — creation of value
3 the role of government in planning and development (rail and
3 what is value capture?
3 the monitoring and investigation of other technological
innovations for transport connectivity
3 the continued rollout of City Deal–type agreements.
To see the full report, please visit the Parliament of Australia
AIRAH and OEH join forces on energy efficiency
AIRAH and the New South Wales Office of Environment and
Heritage (OEH) are teaming up to promote and support energy-
efficiency methods and services within the heating, ventilation, air
conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) industry. The end-users of
these technologies will be at the forefront of their approach.
It’s an exciting partnership that will see both parties commit to
assisting New South Wales companies by improving skills, knowledge
and opportunities for HVAC&R service providers. Initial focuses will
include energy-efficiency training courses, the New South Wales
Energy Savings Scheme and NABERS.
AIRAH will provide the co-branded versions of the OEH’s ‘Energy-
efficient commercial refrigeration’, ‘Introduction to HVAC’ and
‘Advanced HVAC’ training courses in Australian states and territories,
excluding New South Wales.
There will be cross-promotion of selected initiatives to AIRAH
members, program participants and newsletter recipients through
various communication channels.
To see the full article, please visit the AIRAH website:
PwC-designed office space to consider employee
wellbeing throughout the day
PwC believes it is important to ensure that its people have the
opportunity to consider their wellbeing throughout the day. With
the once-in-a-generation opportunity to design the new Sydney,
Melbourne and Brisbane office spaces from scratch, a high priority
was understanding how the work environment contributes to its
people’s health and wellness.
The new workplace spaces enable people to choose the right
space for their energy and task. These include:
3 A fun space that consists of items provided by John Rohan at
RM Gaming, such as table tennis, retro video-game machines,
board games, virtual reality games and treadmills.
3 Library space – An enclosed space in a quiet location on the
floor designed for high-focus working. Phones are unable to be
used in these spaces to ensure they remain peaceful.
3 Collaboration spaces vary from enclosed meeting rooms to
connected desks in the open-plan environment, allowing people
and clients to come together to have conversations, share ideas
and to boost creativity and innovation.
3 Cafe spaces – These provide a central hub for employees to have
a break and lunch together.
3 An outdoor space that has access to either rooftop or park
spaces. PwC actively encourages its people to engage with these
spaces, connect to nature and seek fresh air to either boost
energy or provide time for quiet reflection.
3 Open-plan staircases to prompt people to walk the stairs rather
than take a lift to another floor, promoting physical health and
While it is still very early days, there has been a positive shift in
behaviour through the use of spaces and facilities within the new
buildings. The environment encourages people to participate in
activity that will improve their health and wellness.
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