The world of work is in a state of flux. Advances in artificial intelligence and robotics, along with the emergence of the ‘gig economy’ are impacting education, skills and career development.
The mismatch between the skills people have and those needed for the New Economy is fast becoming one of the world’s most important problems. While technology will likely create as many jobs as it displaces, they will be very different, and people need the skills to adapt.
60% of Australian adults are worried that automation is putting jobs at risk, but compared to their global peers, Australian workers are the least likely to be upskilling in new technologies.*
To meet the needs of the future of work, there needs to be large amounts of upskilling and reskilling, with skills that complement new technologies needed rather than those that compete with them. We need to change what, when and how we learn in order to master the growing unpredictability of work.
Join our distinguished panel of business leaders as they discuss the changing nature of work and what can be done to turn a potential skills crisis into a major opportunity.
*PwC Global Survey on Technology, Jobs and Skills
JENNIFER WESTACOTT AO
Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia
The Business Council of Australia is the nation’s premier business organisation, advocating for a stronger and fairer society through a more prosperous Australia.
Jennifer Westacott AO has served as Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia since 2011, bringing a unique combination of extensive policy experience in both the public and private sectors.
Under her leadership, the Business Council tirelessly champions meaningful policies that strengthen the ability of businesses to grow the economy for the benefit of all Australians.
Jennifer built her career in the public sector, working in senior leadership positions in the NSW and Victorian governments.
She has served as the Director General of the NSW Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources; the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Education and Training; and the Director of Housing in Victoria.
She was also the Deputy Director General of the NSW Department of Community Services, and the Deputy Director General of the NSW Department of Housing.
As a senior partner at KPMG, Jennifer advised major corporations on climate change and sustainability and advised governments across Australia on significant reform priorities.
Jennifer has an unrivalled understanding of how the public and private sectors intersect and can work together to achieve the best outcomes in the national interest.
Since 2013, Jennifer has served as a Non-Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited.
She is the Chair of the Western City & Aerotropolis Authority, which is overseeing the design and delivery of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. The global employment centre and investment hub will surround the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport at Badgerys Creek.
Jennifer is an Adjunct Professor at the City Futures Research Centre of the University of NSW.
She is the inaugural Chair of the Board of Studio Schools of Australia, and a patron of Mental Health Australia.
Jennifer also serves as the Australian Co-chair of the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum Organising Committee, the Co-Patron of Pride in Diversity, and as a patron of the Pinnacle Foundation.
In 2018, Jennifer was made an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales and in 2017 received an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Letters) from her alma mater. She was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics.
Greg Miller is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of Faethm responsible for global growth and partner ecosystem.
Greg’s 25-year career in the IT industry has spanned Silicon Valley start-ups & Australasia multinationals. Previously Greg worked at SAP where he held the roles of Chief Operating Officer and VP & GM Global Partner Operations, ANZ. Prior to that, Greg held senior roles at Unisys, PeopleSoft, Siebel Systems & Oracle.
He is a passionate believer that results are driven by highly engaged people and that the highest level of engagement is achieved when you connect those individuals with the communities in which they live and work. As such, Greg has a strong interest in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) having led both PeopleSoft & SAP’s CSR programs. He remains a National Ambassador and advocate for The Australia Indigenous Education Foundation and The Smith Family.
Greg also chairs the Young ICT Explorers youth STEM program, part of an Australia-wide push to restore the focus, and increase student uptake of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects in primary and secondary schools across the country. The grass roots non-profit has just reached its 10th year of operation, impacting thousands of school students, schools, teachers and communities across Australia.
Sara is a Partner in PwC Australia’s Consulting Practice. She is the Lead Partner for education across the full spectrum - schools, VET and Higher Education, in NSW and federally. She has over 25 years experience in the education, skills and employment sector, in both the UK and Australia.
Sara now leads PwC’s Skills Service Organisation (SSO), PwC’s Skills for Australia, as well as our Higher Apprenticeships services and work on areas such as careers support for the future of work. She is the territory lead for the digital upskilling approach for our clients, and has led the development of PwC’s workforce of the future transformation agenda.
Sara is a member of the Council of Australian Governments’ STEM Skills Partnership Forum, chaired by the Chief Scientist; the Department of Education and Training International Skills Working Group; the National Careers Education Advisory Group; and is Deputy Chair of the National Youth Employment Body Advisory Board. She has just been appointed to the newly formed VET Stakeholder Committee, which will advise on the implementation of the Australian Government’s VET reform program arising from the Joyce Review. She has published thought leadership on issues such as the future of vocational training qualifications, STEM, the link between industry, higher education and government and skills needs relating to Industry 4.0.
Christine has extensive Board experience across a range of sectors including finance, banking,
superannuation, property, digital/technology, education and professional services.
Christine is the Chair of The Smith Family Ltd, Deputy Chair of GBST Holdings Limited and serves as a Director on the Boards of TAL Dai-ichi Life Australia Pty Ltd, Sigma Healthcare Limited, Mirvac Ltd and Clayton Utz. Additionally, she is a member of UNSW Australian School of Business Advisory Council.
Christine is an experienced CEO and senior executive with extensive line management experience gained through roles with IBM, Jones Lang LaSalle and NAB. Her executive career has included Australian, regional and global responsibilities based in Australia, the USA and Japan.
JILLIAN SEGAL AO
Jillian is the Chairman of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce NSW since March 2015. She was previously a partner in a major Australian legal firm and was an ASIC Commissioner for five years.
She is currently Deputy Chancellor of UNSW, Chairman of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, Chairman of the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA), Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Trustee of the Sydney Opera House, Director of the Grattan Institute and a Director of Rabobank Australia Limited, Rabobank New Zealand Limited and Rabo Australia Limited.
Jillian has a BA LL.B. from UNSW and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.