Future Skills Taskforce

Why ‘Future Skills’?

Linear careers will become less common as automation, globalisation and more flexible working arrangements are rapidly changing the nature of work. To succeed, our economy needs a workforce with a portfolio of skills and capabilities.

One of the most effective ways to address this is to encourage and support a job-creating and enterprising workforce in Australia.

Let's be a liveable and learning city 

On the 23 August 2018, Committee for Melbourne partnered with Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) on our Melbourne 4.0 forum on Future skills.

Hosted by EY Partner, Gérald Marion, the event questioned how Melbourne can become a city that promotes life-long learning as core to its cultural and civic identity.

The morning started with two panels moderated by FYA Board Drector Tony Mackay AM. Discussing what Melbourne can learn from its leading sports, arts and culture and learning precincts, the first panel included:

  • Melbourne and Olympic Parks' Brian Morris
  • Malthouse Theatre's Sarah Neal
  • The Australian Ballet's Libby Christie
  • the State Library of Victoria's Kate Torney
Panel 1

The cluster approach was acknowledged as a key strength of Melbourne’s leading precincts. The panel further discussed the role of digital as an enabler rather than a destroyer of civic institutions. For example, the panel highligted how digital can be used to allow unprecedented access to behind the scene tours and broaden appeal of content from live venues.

Presenting global examples of successful precincts such as 22@Barcelona, which uses five knowledge-intensive clusters to attract local and international communities, the second panel was comprised of:

  • MGS Architect's Rob McGauren
  • EY's Gérald Marion
  • Neighbourlytics' Lucinda Hartley

The panel noted that it is important to comprehend that changes to Melbourne today will shape the future city of tomorrow.

Panel 2

A workshop from Ylab Associates gave participants an opportunity to condense their ideas into key guiding principles which included:

  • using digital as a learning multiplier
  • promoting the creation of an ecosystem of learning entanglement  in Greater Melbourne
  • looking at new measures to benchmark learning in Melbourne

A Steering Committee comprised of members will meet on the 12 October to plan the next steps.

If you would like to be involved please contact our Policy and Research team.  

View the event photos. 

We want brilliant people coming to Australia

"We want brilliant people coming to this country!". This succinct, powerful message was echoed loud and clear at our recent Skilled Migration forum, held on 16 August 2018 and hosted by PwC Australia.
PwC Partner Carter Bovard, who leads PwC Australia’s immigration practice, discussed the challenges Australia faces in attracting highly skilled individuals following the replacement of the 457 visa with the TSS visa, and the subsequent uncertainty surrounding Australia’s skilled migration program.

PwC Partner Carter Bovard 

Following his keynote presentation, Carter was joined on stage with:

The panel offered deep insights into how changes to our Skilled Migration Program are hurting entire economic sectors, and how Australia, in order to stay competitive in the new economy must position itself as the destination of choice for highly skilled, mobile talent.

Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts and panellists

Based on the discussion, comments, and feedback offered at this event, the Committee will be submitting to the Commonwealth Government an unsolicited submission outlining our concerns surrounding changes to Australia’s Skilled Migration Program. For more information, please get in touch

View the event photos.


Our current work

  • Future Skills taskforce
  • Skilled Migration submission
  • Education system
  • Precinct integrations

Past events and projects

  • Skilled Migration Forum
  • Future skills: FYA joint event

How can you get involved?

As a member of the Committee for Melbourne, you can contribute your and your organisation's knowledge and insight to the various taskforces that are addressing the Strategic Needs.

To register your interest to participate in our taskforces, please email our team at research@melbourne.org.au

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