The government of Western Australia announced on Wednesday two automation courses that are aimed at allowing WA workers to take advantage of automation opportunities as well as its new Defence Science Centre (DSC). The new automation courses were developed by the Resource Industry Collaboration, which comprises of the state government, South Metropolitan TAFE, Rio Tinto, FMG, BHP, and Komatsu. Rio Tinto contributed AU$2 million to develop the courses. “These new courses will allow us to maintain our competitive advantage as a leader in automation technology in Australia and ensure local people have the skills for the new jobs that are being created through technological innovation,” WA Premier Mark McGowan said. “They will also ensure the diversification of our economy and help Western Australians assist the mining industry well into the future.” The courses will start from Semester 2, 2019 at South Metropolitan TAFE’s Munster campus. See: WA Auditor General report finds state entities still don’t get infosec Meanwhile, the DSC also opened on Wednesday, will be used to support collaboration between universities, government, and industry for the development of security and technology capabilities for WA’s defence industry. “We have established the Defence Science Centre to create the right conditions for the development of cutting-edge science and innovation in Western Australia,” WA Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia said. To support WA’s defence industry, the DSC will be partnering with the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute’s (AMSI) intern program to increase the number of internship projects undertaken by small businesses in… [Read full story]
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