The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science seeks to drive improvements in Australia’s industrial energy efficiency. One way it does this is by addressing information and skills barriers which prevent the greater uptake of energy efficiency projects.

The department recognises the key role engineers play in analysing the complex systems commonly found in high energy using companies—systems in which significant energy saving opportunities can be found. Consequently, the department has worked to facilitate an improvement in the quality and quantity of energy efficiency content taught in Australian university engineering courses. A range of reports have been developed during the course of this work, and some of these, along with reports prepared by other groups, and other relevant information, are provided below.

Please note that other reports and information relevant to engineering education can also be found on the EEX Skills and Training page.


Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

  • Long Term Training Strategy on Energy Efficiency Assessment Skills Reports 2009
    • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

    In 2009, the then Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism coordinated a large energy efficiency skills research project, the Long Term Training Strategy on Energy Efficiency Assessment Skills, that identified skills gaps and shortages faced by Australia’s highest energy using companies.

  • Report on Engineering Education Consultation 2012 (Opens in a new window)

    This report provides a summary of consultations undertaken in 2012 with representatives from industry, Engineers Australia and academics to identify graduate attributes, learning outcomes and learning pathways needed by engineering students and graduates in relation to energy efficiency.

  • Briefing Note for Engineering Disciplines 2012 (Opens in a new window)

    This document was developed as a preliminary guide to the relevance of energy efficiency for each of Engineers Australia’s discipline colleges as well as the mining and metallurgy engineering sub-sector. It discusses both interdisciplinary and discipline-specific (specialist) attributes identified through previous research, and the characteristics that would be desirable for engineering graduates to possess.

    It also outlines the knowledge and skills needed to establish these attributes (learning pathways). The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and the authors, regard this as a ‘living document’–one that can be refined and expanded in light of feedback.

  • Engineering Education Scoping Projects 2011
    • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

    In 2011, three small engineering energy efficiency education scoping projects were developed to provide a suite of high-quality energy-efficiency resources for engineering lecturers. The projects looked at graduate attributes, existing courses and resources, and evaluating efforts to increase energy-efficiency skills in engineering graduates.

The Natural Edge Project

Other resources and information

  • ANU - Energy Efficiency Resources for Undergraduate Engineering 2015 (Opens in a new window)

    The Australian National University provides a range of free energy efficiency resources for undergraduate engineering. The materials include an educator’s guide and a series of ten modules. Each module includes notes, videos and PowerPoint slides.

    The modules are:

    • Achieving a Step Change in Energy Efficiency – An Introduction for Engineering Educators and Students
    • Thermodynamics and Energy Efficiency
    • Design for Energy Efficiency
    • Energy-Mass Balance Analysis
    • Energy Efficiency Opportunities in Commonly Used Technologies​
    • Business Energy Efficiency Programs – Introduction to Energy Efficiency Opportunities Assessment
    • The Mining Sector – Energy Efficiency Opportunities Assessment
    • The Manufacturing Sector – Energy Efficiency Opportunities Assessment
    • The Commercial Transport Sector – Energy Efficiency Opportunities Assessment
    • Energy Metering, Monitoring and Data Analysis
  • QUT - Energy Efficiency Education Resources for Engineering 2015 (Opens in a new window)
    • Queensland University of Technology
    • Website

    The Queensland University of Technology offers energy efficiency education resources for engineering. The University of Adelaide was also involved in the development of the materials.

    The resources are freely available for use by engineering educators. They include 10 flat packs, video ‘bites’, deep-dive case studies, a virtual reality experience and an engagement strategy and good practice guide.

    The flat packs present an overview of energy efficiency opportunities in each of the nine key engineering disciplines:

    • Introduction to undertaking energy efficiency assessments
    • Biomedical engineering
    • Chemical engineering
    • Civil engineering
    • Electrical engineering
    • Environmental engineering
    • Information, telecommunications and electronics engineering
    • Mining and metallurgy engineering
    • Mechanical engineering
    • Structural engineering
  • Energy Efficiency Projects 2012 Conference Flyer 2011 (Opens in a new window)
    • Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
    • PDF 1 MB

    A snapshot of the then Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism’s energy efficiency skills work undertaken in 2011 and 2012 can be found in this flyer, prepared for the 2011 annual conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (A2E2).