• Australian Council of Engineering Deans
    Australian Council of Engineering Deans

    Creating economic and social impact through our mission and objectives.

  • Advancing Australia
    Advancing Australia

    Advancing engineering education, research and scholarship on behalf of Australian universities.

  • Engagement
    Engagement

    Furthering the interests of engineering education and research in the higher education.

Since 2008, ACED has led, with partners, several projects aimed at improving the quality of Australian engineering education.  These include:

Enhancing Industry Engagement in Engineering Degrees (2012-14)

Funded by the Department of Industry, under its National Resources Sector Workforce Strategy this project explored the principles of improving the quality and provision of students' industry engagement in formative qualifications, the BEngTech, BEng, BEng (Hons) and MEng degrees that prepare graduates for entry to practice as engineering technologists and professional engineers.

Twelve ACED member faculties and schools participated. The project also supported  academics from seven ACED members to develop and trial 'industry-inspired' projects within their engineering curriculum. Outputs included Guidelines and Recommendations for improved practice, a Reflection Tool to assist engineering academics to identify gaps in their own practices, and material on the projects trialled.

A workshop and paper on the project were presented at AAEE conferences in 2013 and 2014.  During 2015, further workshops for all ACED members were presented in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. 

Australian Engineering and ICT Academic Support Network (2009-2013)

Funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), and working with ACDICT, this project aimed to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Engineering and ICT through nationwide workshops and symposiums on best-practice pedagogy and the creation of an educational resource, the Academic Resource Network for Engineering and ICT, Australia (ARNEIA).

Curriculum Specification and Support for Engineering Education (2009-11)

This ALTC funded project, covered four themes:  understanding attrition from engineering by means cohort studies in several ACED member universities; trialling pedagogy workshops (later developed in the network project describer above); revising the learning outcomes of engineering qualifications together with the external accreditation body, Engineers Australia; and exploring access and pathways into engineering degrees, with a particular focus on participation by women and indigenous students. The project reports are available from the national Office of Learning and Teaching.

Engineers for the Future (2007-8)

This was a national review of engineering educatoin, with a view to addressing the supply and quality of Australian engineering graduates for the 21st century.  The work was funded as an ALTC discipline scoping study, and was supported by Engineers Australia, ATSE and AAEE. The original ALTC report was republished by ACED in full text and summary forms.

Other Engineering Education Projects

In 2013, ACED compiled a summary of national engineering education projects undertaken by ACED members since 2007. Many of these addressed recommendations in the Engineers for the Future review.

Other Publications

ACED works closely with Engineers Australia and AAEE to improve the quality of engineering education and the effectiveness and value of program accreditation. This collaboraiton has been described in a paper presented to the 2015 FIEAP Convention in Taipei.

A paper on the scope of international benchmarking, through accreditation and the OECD international feasibility study on assessment of higher education learning outcomes (AHELO) was presented at the 2013 Annual AAEE Conference.

Integrating employABILITY thinking into the existing engineering curriculum. (2018)

Submission to the Review of the Australian Qualifications Framework, March 2019

Submission to the Women in STEM Decadal Plan consultation, October 2018

ACED Response to the Govt's STEM partnerships Forum Issues paper.: "Optimising STEM Industry-School Partnerships"

ACED Response to Inquiry on School to Work Transition (27 July 2017)

ACED Response to the 2030 Strategic Plan Issues Paper

ACED Response to Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) on Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) - 2016

ACED Response to Skilled Occupations List - November 2016

National Infrastructure Roadmap Capability Issues paper” (September 2016) –  submitted to the Office of the Chief Scientist

Mapping Professional Accreditation in the context of Higher Education regulatory and Standards Frameworks” (August 2016) – submitted to Phillips KPA

Engagement and Impact Assessment Consultation (June 2016) – submitted to Australian Research Council

ACED submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment Inquiry into innovation and creativity: workforce for the new economy. (March 2016)

Review of Australia’s Research Training System (Aug 2015)

Vision for a Science Nation (July, 2015)

Government Draft Strategy on International Education (May, 2015)

Review of the CRC Programme (Nov, 2014)

Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency Review of Engineering Skills (March 2014)

The Australian Council of Engineering Deans (ACED) will from time to time develop Position Statements that are meant to provide information on contemporary issues facing its membership.


These Statements will generally provide some context to the issue together with challenges and some recommendations / suggestions for future work and/or research.

 


Working papers: Engineer Pipelines, Shortages and Supply Projections
 
This paper provides a quantitative analysis of the 'pipelines' that domestic and international graduates may take into engineering occupations.  The paper provides details of the numbers of permanent migrants and temporary visa holders in the skills streams of Australia's migration programs in recent years.  The temporary visa holders form a significant pool of expertise from which most permanent migrants are drawn. 
 
 
Australia faces a huge shortage of professional engineers.  This working paper uses information mostly from government sources to show that we need approximately 100,000 more engineers by 2030 to deliver desired outcomes in advanced manufacturing, infrastructure, low emissions technologies, etc. The paper uses the data in the pipelines paper to make projections of the contributions of domestic graduates and migrants to meet this demand.  These include significant growth in the numbers of domestic engineering graduates. 
 

Australian Engineering Education - Coursework Facts - May 2019

 

Summary of Research & Research Training in Australian Universities – May 2019

 

Australian Engineering Education Factsheet - update October 2018

 

Australian Engineering Education Factsheet - April 2017: An update on the status and trends in Australia’s higher education system for engineering