Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre‘s latest report, Future of Work in Australia, Preparing for tomorrow’s world was launched on Friday 13th April.

Our CEO, Rhonda Brighton-Hall was delighted to speak on the panel beside Anne Driscoll, Director General, Department of Training and Workforce Development and Andy Weir, Executive General Manager Enterprise Services & Chief Information Officer, Bankwest.

The organisation of work is changing but how does that affect the future of work in Australia?

With alternative forms of employment, freelancing and the gig economy on the rise, the traditional notion of holding down a steady job or two for an entire career is receding fast.

As new technologies and automation take over some of the tasks previously performed by human labour, and industries move offshore, the service sector continues to forge ahead as the major player in the future of work in Australia.

Are we placing too much emphasis on technology and not enough on the quality of jobs that we should strive to create in the workplaces of the future?

Is now the time for workers to return to education and begin re-skilling?

What kinds of careers can our children expect and where should they focus their education?

What can we expect from the future of work in Australia?

It is imperative to challenge and re-vision the way we work for the future of work in Australia. The importance of using this period of change is to re-design jobs in a way that better meet the needs of workers but also improve productivity for businesses.

This sixth report in BCEC’s Focus on the States series will examine the way in which the organisation of work is changing – from workforces to workplaces – and the implications of these changes for the future of work in Australia.

This report follows our collaboration in 2017 with BCEC on ‘Happy Workers – How satisfied are Australian’s at work?’.

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