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The Chair of the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee (Senator Back): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 June 2012:

The nexus between the demand for infrastructure delivery and the shortage of appropriate engineering and related employment skills in Australia, with particular reference to:

 (a) the implications of the shortage for infrastructure delivery in terms of economic development, cost, efficiency, safety and disputation;

 (b) the impact of the long-term outsourcing of engineering activities by government on skills development and retention in both the private and public sectors;

 (c) options to address the skill shortage for engineers and related trades, and the effectiveness and efficiency of relevant policies, both past and present;

 (d) options for infrastructure delivery using alternative procurement models which aim to foster collaboration and achieve effective community outcomes, including skills development and retention;

 (e) effective strategies to develop and retain engineering talent in the private and public sectors through industry training and development, at enterprise, project and whole-of-sector levels;

 (f) opportunities to provide incentives to the private sector through the procurement process to undertake skills development;

 (g) consequences of skills shortage in the construction sector to the public sector's capacity to effectively procure and manage infrastructure projects;

 (h) the impact of delayed and stalled infrastructure projects on economic development, workplace productivity and employment; and

 (i) other related matters.