The Federal Government has announced its Jobs and Skills Summit for 1-2 September at Parliament House in Canberra. Represented at the Summit will be a select number of business groups, unions, civil society organisations, and government. Ai Group has stated that the Summit should have two key objectives: one is to get more people into work and more people skilled and work ready, and the second is to boost our productivity within the workplace which has been flatlining.

The Summit is also an opportunity to recognise the central role that upskilling of the existing workforce can play in lifting work satisfaction, productivity and real incomes.  Some of the biggest gains lie in lifting foundation skills - particularly if base-level digital skills are included as foundation skills.

To enable us to represent members’ views at the Summit, the Centre for Education and Training is seeking your views on skills needs at our upcoming network meeting at 11:00am (AEST) on Tuesday, 16 August. While an agenda for the Summit will be available at the end of July, and discussion papers provided in August, we can start compiling your views to present at the Summit, which will cover a range of topics including skill shortages, getting the skills mix right, migration settings and opportunities arising from the transitioning economy.

The Government has said that the outcomes of the Summit will inform the subsequent Employment White Paper.

Please join us for this meeting ahead of the summit to ensure your voice is heard.

Register your attendance at the August Member Network meeting here