June 2019 the hottest on record

Buoyed by historic heatwaves in Europe and warmer conditions in the Arctic and Eurasia, June 2019 was the hottest on record. According to data released by NASA and the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), Earth soared to its highest level recorded in June. Records stretch back almost 140 years. “The record warm streaks we’ve seen in […]

Public Comment

Last chance to review training package

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is coordinating an update of the national electrotechnology training package and has made the draft materials available for final comments. The electrotechnology training package includes the materials used to teach refrigeration and air conditioning throughout Australia. It has undergone some important changes. Three units have been restructured so that students get […]

News Products

MHIAA scores gold for design

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia (MHIAA) has been recognised at the 61st annual Good Design Awards ceremony. The Avanti Plus split system air conditioner received a prestigious gold accolade in the product design category for outstanding design and innovation. “With the rise in electricity costs and awareness around climate change, along with many air conditioners […]

Education News

Woolies’ WRD success

The first World Refrigeration Day (WRD) took place on June 26, and businesses and organisations around the world hosted activities to celebrate the occasion. One standout event in Australia was Woolworths’ public plant room open day. Woolworths’ refrigeration team, with support from AIRAH, RACCA, RMIT University and TAFE NSW, gave participants a tour of two […]

Gas efficiency

VEU program targets gas bills and emissions

The Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program helps businesses and households cut power bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It does this by providing access to discounted energy-efficient products and services. Six new gas efficiency activities were recently added to the program, which provides access to energy-saving products through accredited providers. The activities can be undertaken by […]

Legislation Updates Public Comment

Hospital design guidelines under review

The Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority (VHHSBA) is revising its guidelines for engineering services, Design Guide for Hospitals and Day Procedure Centres (DGHDPC) Part E. The guidelines were last updated in 2004. The intent of the revised guidelines is to provide relevant minimum requirements for engineering services for new capital projects in healthcare. As […]


Health check for VET system

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has published the results from an expert review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) program – and there is definitely work to be done. Late last year, the Prime Minister announced an independent review of Australia’s VET sector to examine ways to deliver skilled workers for […]

Events and conferences

Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring

The University of Melbourne is collaborating with Professor Duncan McFarlane to hold a workshop called “Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring” in Melbourne on Tuesday, July 23. The workshop has been developed by McFarlane and the Institute for Manufacturing team at the University of Cambridge to develop individual digital solutions for which the total cost of development […]

Events and conferences

Reality TV gets sustainable

The CRC for Low Carbon Living and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage have co-funded a home makeover show with a difference. Renovate or Rebuild has two teams competing to convince a Sydney-based family that they have the best solution to creating a healthier, more spacious and energy efficient home for the owners. Team Renovate, headed […]