Committee Communiqué

Melbourne 4.0

Melbourne 4.0 Strategic Needs Taskforces

The Committee for Melbourne is pleased to announce the timeline for the launch of the first series of Taskforces addressing our nine Melbourne 4.0 Strategic Needs:

  • October 2017: Airport link
  • November 2017:  Innovative ecosystem & Future skills 
  • November 2017: Eastern seaboard collaboration
  • April 2018: Housing mix 

More detailed information on how each of these will be organised will be provided shortly. 

The following 4 Strategic Needs will be launched from mid-2018:

  • Competitive internet
  • Eastern seaboard transit link
  • Metropolitan collaboration
  • Digital capability 

The conclusions of our Taskforces will inform our advocacy for many years to come. Your participation is critical to helping us shape a better future for our great city.   

We invite all Members to get involved by registering their interest by contacting the Committee's policy team directly.

Melbourne 4.0 Member briefings for your organisation

The Committee for Melbourne is offering Members the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of Melbourne 4.0 and how it might impact their business or sector. The briefings are interactive and should fundamentally challenge preconceptions individuals and businesses may have. 

For more information, or to arrange a briefing, please contact the Committee's policy team directly.  

Read the Melbourne 4.0 Summary report.
Read the Melbourne 4.0 report, if you would like to read the detailed exposition of each of our four scenarios for Melbourne in 2030. 

So what do you want to be when you grow up?

This week, Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) CEO Jan Owen AM spoke to our Members in our Leading Thinker series.
As the forces of the Fourth Industrial Revolution set in and start to impact every aspect of our lives, Jan gave an insightful presentation on what the future of work will look like for Australians. Teaching and learning must change to prepare young Australians for a fundamentally different work and life environment.

Jan Owen AM 

As today's school-leaver is likely to have 17 different jobs across 5 different industries, Jan explained that we are not yet set up for what FYA calls "the new work order". By 2030 there will be:

  • an increase in the time workers spend focusing on people, problem solving and creative thinking
  • a significant increase in the use of cognitive and emotional skills in every job, with cultural intelligence one of the premier skills of the future
  • a reduction in the need for workers to complete routine, manual tasks
  • a premium placed on presentation skills, digital literacy and problem solving 

The future worker is expected to receive less management and supervision and be more self-directed. Jan emphasised that we must change our mindset now and realise that the so-called 'soft skills' are in fact the enterprising skills of the future. 

Jan highlighted that jobs are more inter-related than we imagine. By training or working in one job, on average, we acquire the skills for 13 others. It will be important for our young people to keep re-training and re-skilling throughout their working lives. This will not require multiple, longer term university degrees and also provides an opportunity for our TAFEs to reinvent themselves by catering to this need via a variety of short courses.

At the Committee for Melbourne we could not agree more. Our Melbourne 4.0 Taskforce has identified 'future skills' as one of Melbourne's fundamental Strategic Needs. If you would like to be involved in our upcoming Future Skills Taskforce, please let us know.

Read FYA's latest report.

View the event photos.

Nous House

“It’s no secret that work practices are changing as a result of new technologies, shifting demographics and increasing connectivity. Traditional organisation structures are being challenged and transformed, and there is significant opportunity for businesses to benefit from new, leaner ways of working.”
– Prins Ralston, Principal, Nous Group

Nous Group has launched Nous House, a professional co-working community located with Nous Group in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra.

Professional services firms, independent consultants, social enterprises and specialist businesses are brought together to foster innovation, collaboration, growth and networking.

In this blog post Nous Group Principal Prins Ralston discusses the rise of the peer-to-peer economy, the power of community and collisions through co-working.

Arts & Culture Roundtable

We invite our Members, from all sectors, to actively participate in our Arts and Culture Roundtable.

Recent agenda items include:

  • Exploring the need for the extending the Free Tram Zone to include key attractions in the Melbourne Arts Precinct in Southbank, and other locations
  • Launching a Visitor Hub pilot program at Hamer Hall, Victorian Arts Centre, to improve the venue’s visitability
  • The 20th International Cultural Economics Conference to attract and showcase Melbourne’s arts and cultural offering to approximately 200 international delegates. 

Melbourne’s world-renowned arts and cultural scene benefits all Melburnians. It is a key pillar of the city’s famed liveability, and helps attract individuals and businesses from all corners of the globe. With fierce competition from regional and global cities we cannot rest on our laurels. The Committee for Melbourne is committed to promoting our city as a global destination for culture, art and design.  

For more information, or to attend our next Roundtable, please contact the Committee for Melbourne

Melbourne's Backyard

Last week, Future Focus Group ideas competition ‘Melbourne’s Backyard' held its Awards night in The Atrium at Federation Square.

Melbourne's Backyard sought our city's best emerging and student designers to create innovative solutions for public spaces that will be disrupted by construction. 19 designs were submitted.

Judges Rob Moore (City of Melbourne), Kate Hardwick (Melbourne Metro Rail Authority), Tim Leslie (Bates Smart) and Thom Mckenzie (Winwood Mckenzie) considered the shortlisted designs and chose the winners with Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts presenting:

  • The First Prize to ‘Connecting City Square’, a design by Derek Huynh, Matko Matkovic and Chao Feng
  • The Sustainable Response Award to ‘M Wall Project’, a design by Mia Willemsen, Lynde Nguyen and Euric Thor. 

Votes are currently being compiled for the People’s Choice Award and the winner will be announced shortly.

This is yet another project in the tradition of fabulous city-shaping projects from our business and civic leadership development program, Future Focus Group.

Our thanks go to Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood for headlining the event and to Committee Members Monash University, AECOM and EY for their sponsorship. Thank you to the judges for their time, enthusiasm and detailed guidance to the young designers.

Member offer: TEDxMelbourne

Committee for Melbourne will be presenting at TEDxMelbourne's 'Rebels, Revolutionaries and US' – their most daring and ambitious event to date – on Tuesday 19 September at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Our Members have the opportunity to hear from intelligent thinkers and receive a 10% discount by registering via this link

What's on our radar

Artificial intelligence: Professor Toby Walsh on 10 ways society will change by 2050 - Leading Australian artificial intelligence scientist Professor Toby Walsh is warning that we are "sleepwalking" into an AI future in which billions of machines and computers will be able to think.

Melbourne's congestion crisis: The Metro rail tunnel is just not going to cut it - Read The Age editorial on how the construction of the Metro Tunnel will not be enough to alleviate Melbourne’s congestion problem. Failure by successive state and federal governments to adequately plan for Melbourne’s surging population has created enormous problems. 

Land 400 plan to build war machines in Victoria and deliver jobs bonanza - Thousands of jobs are set to be created in Victoria, should a State Government-backed bid to build a $5 billion army war machine fleet be successful.

Our vision for Melbourne:

Global city of choice for people and organisations, due to its distinct blend of prosperity, opportunity and liveability.