Human value in the future of work

Human value in the future of work

Jan 31
CEDA returns to Parramatta to discuss human value in the future of work and examine the skills mix for the industries set to underpin Western Sydney's future growth. 


Alex Badenoch, Group Executive, Transformation and People, Telstra
Angela Anasis, Executive GM, HR Consulting, Randstad ANZ
Scott Johnston, Acting NSW Public Service Commissioner, NSW Public Service Commission
Don Wright, Head of Launch Pad Innovation Program, Western Sydney University

Event overview

Australia’s economic transition continues to reshape and redefine our economic strengths and competitive advantage.

In 2018, CEDA released its Community Pulse report which demonstrated that job security was among the most important issues for the community. While some jobs may disappear within the future of work, many jobs will simply evolve and technology will be used to maximise productivity. 

For government, business, and education providers alike, Australia’s future prosperity will depend on our national capacity for high-level cognitive skills, intellectual curiosity, interpersonal skills and having a culture that rewards creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Real actions to actual workplace challenges need to be addressed – the focus needs to be on the implementation of changes needed to deal with the future of work. 

This event will examine:

  • How do we invest in skills for a lifetime of work, retain a strong safety net and support productivity through engagement, collaboration, and technological adoption? 
  • What do employees want from work today, and what will their expectations be in the future?
  • What should employers, public and private, be doing now to ensure that their organisation prospers in the future?
  • What skills will be required in the future of work; which industries will provide growth opportunities; where will these jobs be located? 

Event presentations

Alex Badenoch, Telstra PDF

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

Alex Badenoch
Group Executive, Transformation and People, Telstra

Having worked on internationally and across Australia on ports, railways and telecommunications, Alex leads the development of Telstra’s transformation roadmap and understands the transformative value of new technologies for workforces and workplaces. She has designed and implemented successful change across multiple organisations.

Meet the panel

Angela Anasis
Executive GM, HR Consulting, Randstad ANZ

Angela joined Randstad in 2006 and as Executive General Manager of Randstad’s Consulting Group, leads a diverse team of senior professionals including Randstad Sourceright ANZ, HR Consulting and the Talent Solutions team in Australia. The team comprises subject matter experts and thought leaders that span across employer branding, talent acquisition & management strategies to managed service provider (MSP) solutions and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) solutions and beyond.

Scott Johnston
Acting NSW Public Service Commissioner, NSW Public Service Commission

Scott joined the PSC in June 2014 after a long career in official statistics for both the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Office for National Statistics (UK), where his focus was primarily economic statistics including prices and national accounts. Scott has been acting in the role of NSW Public Service Commissioner since October 2019.

Don Wright
Head of Launch Pad Innovation Program, Western Sydney University

Don Wright is the co-founder and Head of the Launch Pad Innovation program at Western Sydney University which delivers support to Tech startup and high growth SME businesses resulting in the creation of 150 new knowledge jobs and the addition of over $100m value added to the regional Western Sydney economy since 2016. Don is actively working to grow entrepreneurial thinking across the region through the development of a large-scale entrepreneurship training and development program at WSU with an international focus that will connect Western Sydney to innovation ecosystems in Asia, Europe and the US.  Don is now working extensively to support WSU’s role in the Western City and Aerotroplolis strategy including planning for the Multiversity and WSU’s support for Industry 4.0 capability development in the local manufacturing sector.

Meet the chair

Dr Juliet Andrews
Partner, People Advisory Services, EY

Juliet has spent over twenty years advising organisations on their most complex workforce challenges. Recently she has focused on the changing nature of work as a result of technology, demography and globalisation and how we need to respond as employers, educators, government and workers. She is a registered psychologist and has a PhD in organisation and management.

Supported by CEDA members

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