Future Skills Taskforce

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.

A workshop was held on Wednesday 29 May at Victoria University, which brought together key members, and stakeholders, to review key aspects of The Melbourne Declaration. As the basis of Australia’s curriculum, the Declaration is an important document setting out the role of schooling to deliver high-quality education for all young Australians. The discussion formed the basis of our submission to the COAG Education Council, which is reviewing the Declaration.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training.

In the 2017-18 budget, the Australian Government announced a review of the AQF, which will ensure that the framework continues to meet the needs of students, employers, education providers and the wider community.

Committee for Melbourne, in conjunction with Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), surveyed its members to create a submission for the review. From the survey the Committee and FYA recommended the AQF should “formally recognise micro-credentials, in consultation with employers, to ease transitions across the workforce, more rapidly fill skills gaps and promote lifelong learning”. The review will be complete in September and we await the results.

Please read the full submission here

The Future Skills Taskforce ran its first forum on Wednesday 8 May at Deloitte. The event explored how the education system could be revamped to allow students greater freedom to identify and pursue passion projects, how they can succeed in a rapidly changing world, and how to better-support their effective transition from school to post-school life. The Committee is looking to build an advocacy program around some of the key policy issues raised, including the need to establish nationally-recognised ‘Learner Profile’ for young people, as well as the equitable distribution of resources to ensure all young Australians can pursue a rewarding career, and fulfilling life.

"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

View the event photos.

Based on the discussion, comments, and feedback offered at this event, the Committee made a submission to the Federal Senate Inquiry into the effectiveness of the current temporary skilled visa system in targeting genuine skills shortages. For more information, please get in touch

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 Director 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 met on 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. 


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 into 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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