• UNSW engineers develop hydrogen power retrofit for diesel engines

    ENGINEERS from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney have successfully converted a diesel engine to run as a hydrogen-diesel hybrid engine – reducing CO2 emissions by more than 85 percent in the process.

  • CSIRO's new 'bushfire lab' gets to work

    AUSTRALIA’s national science agency, CSIRO, has unveiled its new world-leading bushfire research facility in Canberra, to better understand how bushfires behave, what conditions make them worse, and the best ways to respond across the country.

  • News Feature: Asia Pacific Cities Summit 2023, Brisbane

    THE Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2023APCS) and Mayors’ Forum provided a wealth of information on how 140 cities globally are being shaped for better futures. Business Acumen was there and over the next few months a succession of important News Feature articles will be published from the Summit. Stay tuned.

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April 22, 2024

Australia and UK collaborate on high-view water quality monitoring from orbit

AUSTRALIA’S AQUAWATCH system – a mission to develop a ‘weather service’ for water quality – will be established in the UK, following bilateral support and co-funding from the two countries’ space agencies.

CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, launched AquaWatch Australia in 2023 with foundational partner SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC)…

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    Just Cuts welcomes new Apprenticeship Incentive System, calls for states to follow

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    BUDGET REACTION – Australia’s largest employer of hairdressers, Just Cuts franchising, has welcomed the Federal Government’s Budget announcement to invest $265.1 million over four years to provide additional targeted support under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System.

    Just Cuts leadership welcomed the key aspects of…

  • 27 May, 2024

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    TIM GASPAR, the CEO of Hatch Financial Services. has noticed a big change in the mortgage market.

    Since COVID in 2020, the borrowing capacity of borrowers has declined by 30-35 percent (%).

    “So if you’re thinking of borrowing $1 million, that’s $300,000 less that they can borrow now,” Mr…

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    Rewiring Australia calls for ‘universal household electrification finance’ for Net Zero

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    BUDGET REACTION – The Rewiring Australia organisation has applauded the 2024 Federal Budget’s stepping up its approach to achieving Net Zero, but is calling for a ‘next step’ approach through ‘universal household electrification finance’.

    “The Federal Budget includes important commitments to build clean energy manufacturing,…

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    Engineers Australia: Is Budget the blueprint for a smarter, greener Australia?

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    BUDGET REACTION – Engineers Australia CEO, Romilly Madew AO said the Budget announcement of the Future Made in Australia is the first “true generational plan” to tackle Australia’s energy transition head on.

    “The Federal Budget sets an ambitious and forward-thinking plan that focuses on skills, innovation, sovereign capability,…

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