Future workforce: technology and people

Future workforce: technology and people

Aug 23
Hear how new technologies and automation are changing job design; how and where education and skills will be delivered in the future and why regulation and policy must keep up.


Thomas Carlsen, Managing Partner, Brisbane, McKinsey & Company
Kerri Hartland, Secretary, Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Sinead Hourigan, Director, Robert Walters and President, Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association (RCSA)
Colette Munro, Chief Digital Innovation Officer, Asia Pacific, AECOM

Event overview

The technological changes affecting workers and workplaces across sectors continues to gain pace. In this environment we ask those designing policies, jobs and organisations how to invest in, skill and develop a workforce for the future, how to make technology work for the worker and drive our economies.

Join a senior CEDA audience from across sectors to hear how we will increase workforce participation, capability and the productivity gains from new technology and automation.

Event presentations

Thomas Carlsen, McKinsey & Company PDF

Colette Munro, AECOM MP3 | PDF

Kerri Hartland, Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business MP3 | PDF

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the speakers

Thomas Carlsen
Managing Partner, Brisbane, McKinsey & Company

McKinsey’s research shows that 60 percent of all occupations have at least 30 percent of activities that are technically automatable, based on currently demonstrated technologies. Thomas’s work maps the implications of such change. He specialises in strategy, transformation and future of work across sectors.

Kerri Hartland
Secretary, Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

Kerri leads government work on digital capability assessment, workforce engagement measures, employment trend data, start-up projections and to match policy to the needs of Australia’s future workforce. She has served as Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Deputy Director-General; Deputy-Secretary Department of Finance and Department of Human Services; and as a Departmental Chief Information Officer.

Sinead Hourigan
Director, Robert Walters and President, Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association (RCSA)

Sinead began her career in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. She has led Robert Walters work in Queensland since 2004 and is the first female President of the RCSA. She is sought for her expert commentary and insights into the employment market, workforce trends and the changing nature of work. 

Colette Munro
Chief Digital Innovation Officer, Asia Pacific, AECOM

Colette leads change and innovation finding new and technology enabled sources of value and growth including those from building information modelling, artificial intelligence, the Internet of things, analytics, immersive technologies and mobile. She has over 20 years’ experience in digital transformation across the Mining, Energy and Infrastructure sectors and has worked in Denmark; Sweden; the Netherlands; South Africa; the United States; and Australia.


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