In October 2017 the Senate established the Select Committee on the Future of Work to explore and report on the impact of technological and other change on the future of work and workers in Australia. Faethm made a submission central to their first report.
The Senate delegates tasks to its committees. The committees provide an opportunity for organisations to participate in policy making and to have their expertise and views placed on public record and considered as part of the decision-making process.
Extracts from the report:
Faethm CEO, Michael Priddis addressed the Senate, “We believe that the main [narrative] issue is that jobs will only be destroyed...this misses the augmentation of jobs and the requirement for people in those jobs to attain new skills to apply new technologies.”
“The result of this binary focus on jobs lost and jobs created has led to bleak forecasts and fear-based discussion on the impact of technology on work. In reality, research is divergent and hard data not available to inform decisions.”
“We think it is very difficult for leaders to make decisions in an environment where information is highly divergent and methodologies different...they miss the biggest change that is likely to happen over 10 to 15 years…[the] augmentation of workers.”
Read the complete parliamentary transcript here.