Future work: skills, productivity and innovation

Future work: skills, productivity and innovation

Jun 18
Australia's future work and future workforce will respond to opportunity, apply skills, innovation and technology, and deliver productivity differently.
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Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte
Phil Ruthven AM, Founder and Executive Chairman, IBISWorld
Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO, Executive Chairman, NBN Co Limited

Event Overview

To reach our potential, to expand and diversify the economy, to enhance our international competitiveness we must consider not only the current skills needed and challenges our current workforce face, but next generation needs. 

CEDA’s major 2015 research report, Australia's future workforce? examines these requirements as well as:

  • What skills and capabilities to develop, adapt and retain;
  • Challenges and opportunities of new technologies and digital disruption;
  • International trends in workforce, innovation and entrepreneurism; and
  • Successful practices enabling the transformation and creation of future business.

Join CEDA to hear from keynote speakers who will present the report and provide their expert views on these issues.

All attendees will receive a copy of CEDA’s Australia's future workforce? major research report. 

This event is supported by CEDA members major sponsor City of Gold Coast and supporting sponsor Griffith Business School.


Meet the speakers

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte is the former CEO of National Information Communications Technology Australia (NICTA). He has founded four successful startup companies and was previously a Professor and ARC Federation Fellow at the University of Sydney, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems.

Phil Ruthven AM
Founder and Executive Chairman, IBISWorld

Phil Ruthven is a strategist and futurist on business, social and economic matters. Phil has contributed a chapter to CEDA’s report Future workforce: generation next by providing insight into future job growth in export and outsourcing.  The organisation he established, IBISWorld, provides business information, forecasting and strategic services in Australia, the United States, China, the United Kingdom and Canada.

Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO
Executive Chairman, NBN Co Limited

As Chief Executive Officer of Telstra, Optus and Kodak (Australasia) Dr Ziggy Switkowski led some of Australia's largest companies. He is also currently Chairman of Suncorp Group and a non-executive director of Tabcorp and Oil Search. Dr Switkowski is a member of the CEDA Advisory Group for Future workforce: generation next and of CEDA’s Board of Governors.

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