Future work, future jobs: Preparing Queensland for the evolution of work
The Queensland economy and labour market are changing; our population is growing and new industry sectors are emerging. We are also living and working longer and alternative ways of working offer new possibilities for jobs and skills. The outlook for employment across Queensland is overall strong. Industries such as mining continue to underpin employment across many parts of our economy. In the coming years the most significant employment growth is expected in industries focussed on the provision of services. These include health care, social assistance, professional services and education. Total employment in traditional industries such as agriculture and manufacturing is also projected to grow. This report outlines emerging findings and recommendations relevant to future work in Queensland. It builds upon an extensive literature review that identified changes driven by technology, demographic and social factors, and institutional and policy influences. While these drivers are not new, what is unfamiliar is the speed and extent of change. A Queensland-specific perspective has been developed through state-wide consultation and social research. Queenslanders recognise that change is occurring and it can bring both opportunities and some challenges. Many are unclear about how this change will play out in the coming decade. While many of Queensland’s industries, regional economies and communities are resilient, some are facing significant challenges. Factors such as where we live, our age, our education level and our occupation and industry of employment all influence the impacts of change. The challenges faced by rural communities require particular attention. Employment and skills policy must respond to our changing economy and labour market. Jobs Queensland’s work to date has identified five key areas where the Queensland Government can act to shape a positive future to 2030. ‘Business as usual’ is not an option The role for government is important, but essentially facilitative. As Queensland evolves, industry, regions, communities and individuals all have an important role. Shared priority, purpose and responsibility towards a positive vision for skills and employment in 2030 will underpin our future prosperity.