Delivering productivity and skills

Delivering productivity and skills

Jul 2
Malcolm Roberts will discuss the training reform required to provide the skills and qualifications people will require to participate effectively in the labour market, drive workforce participation and contribute to Australia’s economic recovery.


Dr Malcolm Roberts, Commissioner, Productivity Commission

Event overview

Government and business agree skills and workforce development is essential to address growing unemployment figures and aid Australia’s economic recovery. 

As businesses pivot to new operating models there is a need for solutions to fill critical skill gaps and deliver a productive and highly skilled workforce ready to meet new workforce strategies and structures. 

As the Commissioner for the Skills and Workforce Development Agreement Study Malcolm Roberts will discuss the findings from the Productivity Commissions interim report and what reform of policy settings and funding arrangements will improve productivity.

This virtual roundtable is by invitation only. The roundtable will be conducted on a virtual platform and numbers are limited to maximise participation. Invitations to virtual roundtables are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies. Roundtable discussions will be targeted to varied groups, including state-based Trustees discussions, national or industry sector Trustee roundtables, and c-suite conversations.

Meet the speaker

Dr Malcolm Roberts
Commissioner, Productivity Commission

Malcolm Roberts was appointed as a full time Commissioner to the Productivity Commission in 2019 and is currently the commissioner for the National Transport Regulatory Reform and the Skills and Workforce Development Agreement Study. He has held senior roles in both public and private sectors including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where he contributed to national competition policy reform and policy development for national peak bodies in the housing, retail and energy sectors.

Malcolm was the chairman of the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) for almost three years. He was closely involved in the economic regulation of monopoly utilities in the rail, water and ports sectors as well as supporting regulatory reform through the QCA’s Office of Best Practice Regulation.

More recently Malcolm’s career has focused on energy policy, serving as the chief executive officer for the National Generators’ Forum, the Energy Networks Association and the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association.

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