Future of Work

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2020
2021

During 2020-2021, the Future of Work project focused on equipping WA and its people for the changing world of work.

The genesis for the project came from discussions with members, many of who were contemplating the future of work given technological uptake, disruption and automation and what this would mean for Perth and its people.

The purpose of the Committee for Perth’s Future of Work research project was to build a comprehensive understanding of how technology and automation combined with relevant global and workforce megatrends are impacting jobs, skill requirements and industry needs in Perth and the State.

Following 12 months of concerted effort to understand the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic, technology uptake and other forces of disruption, the final research report provides five key findings and outlines two scenarios, and makes 22 recommendations that aim to position the State at the forefront of change.

The Future of Work project is the most dynamic research undertaken by the Committee for Perth to date. It includes seven FACTBase Bulletins, a large-scale community and business survey and numerous workshops and socialisation sessions with members.

The Future of Work: Equipping WA and its people to lead the Nation in the future world of work
includes 22 recommendations that focus on the below seven key areas. To read the recommendations in detail, please download the report.

Research & Development
Increase State Government investment in R&D to levels that are at least comparable with that of other States and Territories so that WA isn't left behind.

Economic Diversity

Update the Diversify WA report to reflect technological change and global challenges including COVID-19 and disrupted trade relationships, and to increase the focus of the strategy on innovation, entrepreneurialism and human capital growth.

Climate Change

Update the State’s climate policy to be the leading, most progressive policy Australia-wide and prepare and implement a strategy to grow the renewable energy network across the State; increase investment funds associated with future energy innovation; and develop breakthrough solutions to emissions reduction.

Skills Shortages & Development

Initiate comprehensive reform of the education system (including early learning, school and higher education) and associated funding frameworks to ensure that they are globally competitive, are equitable, encourage human capital growth and equip students and workers with the skills needed for the future.

Equity

Ensure support services are in place to enable people to participate in the workforce, including adequate access to childcare or assistance with other caring responsibilities.

Legislation & Regulation

Governments to reform industrial relations and occupational health and safety legislation to ensure that it is up to date with current and emerging forms of work and workforce and workplace requirements.

Working from Anywhere

Prepare workplace policies that ensure equitable access to flexible, agile and remote work for all people; maximise worker wellbeing; and address issues such as requirements for face-to-face learning, mentoring and collaboration.

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Steering Committee
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Regina Stene

Regina Stene

Head of Human Resources

BHP

Cliff Winby

Cliff Winby

Project Director | Developments

Brookfield Properties

Stevan Rodic

Stevan Rodic

Director Planning and Development

City of Stirling

Fiona Smith

Fiona Smith

General Manager People & Safety

Water Corporation

Peter Dean

Peter Dean

Principal

HASSELL

Naomi Flutter

Naomi Flutter

Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs

Wesfarmers

Mark Stickells

Mark Stickells

Executive Director

Paswey Super Computing Centre

Edmund O'Halloran

Edmund O'Halloran

Director, Economic Analysis

Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science & Innovation

Marion Fulker AM

Marion Fulker AM

Chief Executive Officer & Project Director

Committee for Perth

Gemma Davis

Gemma Davis

Research Consultant

Holly Fulker

Holly Fulker

Manager Member Services & Operations & Project Manager

Partners
Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.