Rebuilding Australia's workforce

Rebuilding Australia's workforce

Jul 2
CEDA explores the programs and mechanisms required by government and industry to get people back to work following the recent downturn.


Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, Federal Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Robert Hillard, Chief Transformation Officer, Deloitte
Simon Lusted, Managing Director Strategy, Product & AI, Asia Pacific & Americas, SEEK
Mark Steyn, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Hudson

Event overview

Whilst Australia has experienced three decades of economic growth, the country has not experienced extensive disruption to the workforce like the impacts of COVID-19.
2020 started with relatively low unemployment levels, however, the impact of the global pandemic has seen a spike in unemployment, underemployment, reduced working hours and decline in wage growth.
CEDA’s rebuilding Australia’s workforce livestream will discuss Australia’s current employment situation, explore those in society that are most at risk in the labour market, anticipate the next phase of workforce recovery and outline what needs to be done by Government and the business community to secure the future.

Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 11.30am
WA: 10.00am

Meet the speakers

Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash
Federal Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash is Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business. She was appointed to this role on 29 May 2019. Prior to this Senator Cash was the Minister for for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education. She held this role from 28 August 2018 to 29 May 2019. Senator Cash has also held the Ministerial roles of Minister for Jobs and Innovation from 20 December 2017 to 28 August 2018 and prior to this was the Minister for Employment, Minister for Women and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public service between 21 September 2015 to 20 December 2017. Senator Cash was also the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women from 18 September 2013 to 21 September 2015.

Robert Hillard
Chief Transformation Officer, Deloitte

Robert Hillard is Deloitte’s Asia Pacific Chief Transformation Officer positioning the firm to tackle the disruption of technology, new competitors, challenging economic conditions and changing regulatory priorities.  Over his career, Robert has focused on technology in business and government, he is Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association and a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.

Simon Lusted
Managing Director Strategy, Product & AI, Asia Pacific & Americas, SEEK

Simon is responsible for operating SEEK's Asia Pacific and Americas Strategy, Product, Platforms and Artificial Intelligence teams. Simon brings to this role his previous experience as Group Strategy Director, and he serves on the board of several of SEEK’s strategic minority investments. Prior to joining SEEK, Simon worked in strategy roles at Telstra and A.T. Kearney. Simon also has over 10 years’ experience working extensively in online industries in Australia and the UK, including governments and start-ups.

Mark Steyn
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Hudson

Mark Steyn is Hudson’s Managing Director and CEO and is responsible for guiding the company’s growth strategy. Over ten years Mark has established Hudson as a leading provider of talent solutions in the Asia Pacific region and recently led the management buy-out of its specialist recruitment and talent management business. Hudson is now the largest privately-owned talent solutions company in Asia Pacific.

Meet the facilitator

Saul Harben
Partner, Clayton Utz

Saul leads the national Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety team at Clayton Utz. For over twenty years, Saul has advised employers throughout Australia on all aspects of workplace relations law in the construction, higher education, energy & resources, transport & logistics, and retail & finance sectors. Saul has also acted for a number of government agencies and statutory authorities at local, state and federal level.

Supported by CEDA members

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