The Global Challenge Insight Report, The Future of Jobs (2016), contends that the impending change of the next work revolution holds great promise. The patterns of consumption, production and employment created by it also pose major challenges requiring proactive adaptations. Along with the technological revolution are a set of broader socio-economic, geopolitical and demographic drivers of change. Occupations are undergoing a fundamental transformation. Some threatened by extinction, others expanding and others still are going through a change in the skill sets required to do them. While we consider new opportunities vs. massive dislocation of jobs the reality is highly specific to the industry, region and occupation in question as well as the ability of various stakeholders to manage change. In this swirling mass of contrary and challenging change how do we safeguard access, inclusion and equity to the fruits of this new world, including for people with disability?
Brett de Hoedt
Some things change - our emcee does not. Once more Brett de Hoedt will attempt to make our conference all about himself. The one-time journalist and publicist has recently launched a podcast: The Hardest Word which he declares to be "the most important audio recording since The Beatles." We cannot independently verify this claim. When not emceeing or podcasting he trains nonprofits in communications via his consultancy Hootville Communications.
Deloitte Access Economics
Luke works with government clients to design and improve investments in programs and services, so they maximise benefit to the community. To do this, he uses the tools of program evaluation and economic analysis. His main clients are public sector agencies responsible for social service delivery including health and human services and justice. This has included policy and evaluation projects relating to people with a disability and disability services, such as:
• A Job Well Done stakeholder consultation to refresh work experience resources for students with a disability for the Victorian Department of Education and Training
• NDIS justice readiness project for the Department of Justice and Regulation Victoria to develop a new model for disability justice services in Victoria
• Evaluation of support for deaf and hard of hearing VET learners for the Victorian Department of Education and Training
• Disability employment research for the Fair Work Ombudsman
• Cost benefit analysis and literature review of the First Voice early intervention model for deaf children for First Voice.
Luke joined Deloitte in 2013 from a niche consulting firm and prior to that originally commenced his career in the public sector.
The Future Work Skills Academy
Donna works at the IoE – the Intersection of Everything and the Future of Work.
She started her professional life as an educator and this theme runs through her entire journey so far. Along the way she became interested in industrial law and human capital transformation. 25 years consulting in organisational transformation primarily in tech and working on billion-dollar projects added another addiction to a growing list. Her experience spans the verticals of maritime, defence, financial services, employment and disability employment , pharmaceuticals , transport, human services, ticketing. Just to name a few.
She loves to learn and has a number of undergraduate and post graduate degrees the latest in innovation, strategy, entrepreneurship and creativity. She recently extended her academic passion into a PhD with a research focus on the intention of employers to train their workforce in uniquely human skills.
The Future of Work is a complex, atomized topic and she leverages her Fellowship of the Royal Society, participation in developing the first Future of Work Diploma in Latin America, and membership of research trials globally to connect with organisations and individuals who inhabit this space.
She is the Founder and Creative Director of the Future Work Skills Academy. A global, agile, adaptive coalition of experts in those skills identified by the Institute for the Future as necessary for humans to feel engaged, deliver value and find purpose as a number of significant, accelerating factors conspire to radically disrupt work as we know it. The organisation’s primary focus is building agency in these skills; in unlocking human potential that has largely been ignored in the past 2 centuries of industrial education and learning. This venture has necessitated Donna gaining a deeper understanding of neuroscience, learning science and the frontier technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution that converge with skills building in ways never before imagined. And it is these topics she weaves into her foresights about humans and the future of work.
Emma Dawson is the Executive Director of Per Capita. Formerly, she was a senior advisor on Digital Inclusion at Telstra, Executive Director of the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society at the University of Melbourne, and a senior policy advisor in the Rudd and Gillard governments.
Emma has published reports, articles and opinion pieces on a wide range of public policy issues, which have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the Guardian, The Australian, and a number of online publications. She is a regular panellist on The Drum on ABC TV.
Emma holds a BA with First Class Honours from LaTrobe University and an MA with Distinction from Monash. She sits on the board of the Prader-Willi Research Foundation Australia.
Managing Director and Principal Consultant
Australian Strategic Services
A visionary, a strategist, a big picture thinker, Michael is widely known and acknowledged throughout Australia by directors, CEOs and executives of community businesses (NFPs) for his unique facilitation processes, his comprehensive understanding of the emerging and future trends of disability, mental health, aged care, hospital and health care, and related human service industries/sectors.
Examples of Michael’s specialisation and key achievements are:
• Continually focused on the big shifts and exploring the emerging opportunities that aren’t yet on directors, chief executive officers and executives’ agendas, but ought to be
• Facilitation, development and project management of governance, strategy, business development, amalgamation, merger and partnership projects
• Worked with over 6,000 boards, chief executive officers and senior management teams of community businesses, in all states of Australia over the last 26 years
• Approximately sixty to sixty-five per cent of projects are with stand-alone organisations, in particular in rural, regional and remote Australia
• Originally qualifying in disability, he has a comprehensive understanding of disability and has worked with a significant number of disability, disability employment, mental health and related organisations.
Visiting Fellow, Cornell University, NY and Director,
Centre for Disability Employment Research and Practice
Dr Peter Smith is the Director and Founder of the Centre for Disability Employment Research and Practice.
Peter has an extensive work background with people with disabilities and others with significant barriers to inclusion in society, as both, a therapist and systems advocate at both government and judicial levels. He has worked as a disability support worker, counsellor in disability employment services and Job Services working with people with significant barriers.
His current research focuses on social entreprise, transition to work and systems models. In his role as director of the Centre for Disability Employment Research and Practice (CDERP), his focus in on developing service provider transition models. Peter is a fellow of the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne and a Visiting Fellow, ILR School Cornell University NY, were his focus in on developing a disability employment outcome measure based on Social Quality Theory.