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The Future of Work in Queensland to 2030

Change is coming and workforce planning is a big part of being prepared for what comes next.

CSIA is working in partnership with Jobs Queensland to deliver the three year NDIS Quantitative and Qualitative Research Project to understand workforce issues and patterns experienced by employers.

It is important we consider what these changes mean for us as an Industry, employers, workers and the rest of the state. CSIA is also actively engaged with Jobs Queensland on another of its current projects examining the future of work.

Jobs Queensland Executive Director Dr Caroline Smith talks in this blog about the work that Jobs Queensland is doing to consider what the future of work means for employment and skills policy in Queensland and how you can be involved.

The future of work

As Queensland moves further into the 21st century, differing views are emerging on the future of work and what this will mean for individuals, employers, industries and Queensland as a whole.

The literature and commentary on the future of work is immense. New contributions are published almost daily by academics, governments, think tanks, not-for-profits and the corporate sector alike. Commentary seems to fall at either end of a continuum – highly optimistic or highly pessimistic.

The key drivers influencing the future

While technology is considered by many as the major factor influencing the future of work and the workforce, it is one of three drivers identified through an extensive review of national and international literature conducted by Jobs Queensland.

These key drivers are: technology impacts, social and demographic changes, and policy, institutional and regulatory influences. The environment in which these drivers sit is often referred to as the ‘political economy’. Globalisation, another theme discussed widely in the associated literature, is both cause and effect of these three drivers.

The literature review identified points of consensus, difference and information gaps, including that there is limited research that is specific to Queensland.

The changing composition of workers

We know that the composition of employment across Queensland’s industries is changing. Jobs Queensland research has projected that half of all new workers in Queensland from 2017-2022 will be employed in just three industries — Health Care and Social Assistance; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Education and Training. Many community services sector occupations are projected to grow strongly and continue to provide employment opportunities for Queenslanders into the future.

The project

Understanding the Queensland context will be key to planning and identifying solutions. For this reason, Jobs Queensland is currently working on a project investigating what the future of work could look like in 2030 for Queensland and the economy.

Jobs Queensland is undertaking an extensive consultation across Queensland to consider the skills and employment policy implications associated with the future of work. A social research project will also investigate how work is changing for Queenslanders.

To help facilitate the consultation process, Jobs Queensland has released The Future of Work in 2030 in Queensland – Evolution or revolution? discussion paper. You can participate in the conversation about the future of work for Queensland by attending a consultation session (with remaining sessions taking place in Nambour, Logan and an online webinar) or by providing a written submission to the discussion paper.

Outcomes from the research and consultations will inform advice that Jobs Queensland will provide to the Queensland Government.

For more information about how you can be involved in the Future of Work project visit www.jobsqueensland.qld.gov.au/projects/future-of-work. You can also contact the team at Jobs Queensland on 07 3436 6190 or info@jobsqueensland.qld.gov.au.

You can also subscribe to our e-communique and follow us on LinkedIn to stay up to date with the work of Jobs Queensland.

Jobs Queensland is an independent entity established to provide strategic advice to the Queensland Government on future skills needs, workforce planning and development, and apprenticeships and traineeships. For more information about Jobs Queensland visit https://jobsqueensland.qld.gov.au/.