Close Search
 
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  |  Careers

Australians and Robots Working Together


29 February 2016 at 10:48 am
Xavier Smerdon
Australians could be working alongside artificial devices and robotic devices within the next 20 years, according to a landmark report by the Federal Government’s agency for scientific research. The CSIRO has launched a report claiming…

Xavier Smerdon | 29 February 2016 at 10:48 am


0 Comments


 Print
Australians and Robots Working Together
29 February 2016 at 10:48 am

Australians could be working alongside artificial devices and robotic devices within the next 20 years, according to a landmark report by the Federal Government’s agency for scientific research.

The CSIRO has launched a report claiming that rapid advances in automated systems and artificial intelligence meant that robotic devices would be able to perform many tasks more quickly, safely and efficiently than humans.

The report, commissioned by the Federal Government in partnership with the Australian Computer Society, Boston Consulting Group and ANZ, “mapped out the changing landscape of our workforce as we move through huge technological shifts”, according to Minister for Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash.

Senator Cash said the report found that some jobs would become redundant, but that the overall outlook was positive for employment.

“Some jobs will inevitably become automated over the coming years but technological change will improve others and also create new jobs and opportunities,” Senator Cash said.

“The future won’t be about people competing with machines, it will be about people using machines and doing work that is more interesting and fulfilling.

“We need to acknowledge the changing nature of work and allow for flexibility.

“We also need to invest strategically in skills and training and encourage people to apply the skills they already have to different types of work.”

Senator Cash said education would be key to taking advantage of technological advancements.

“More than ever, education and training are important for succeeding in the labour market. By 2019, the number of jobs available for highly-skilled labour is projected to be more than double the number available in 1991,” she said.

“How Australia’s workforce fares in the long term will depend on our ability to help workers make transitions to new and better jobs. Our biggest challenge will be to ensure no one is left behind.”

The report also found that digital technology and the new world of “platform economics” would changing employment markets and organisational structures, people would become more entrepreneurial and create their own jobs and an increased use of automated systems would raise the complexity of tasks and require higher skill levels for entry-level positions.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) CEO, Andrew Johnson, said Australia would need to “reinvent” itself as the future would bring greater technological advancements.

“On the back of investments in the resources sector petering out, there is a feeling of consensus across the country that Australia needs to reinvent ourselves,” Johnson said.

“We are seeing a focus on entrepreneurism to create new jobs, working out how to encourage new tech companies that will be competitive on the world stage, while promoting innovation through technology to transform current businesses so that they will thrive in a globally connected market place.

“As a relatively small economy, Australia will likely always be a net importer of technology. Large global platforms that have scaled offer far greater affordability than building something from scratch.

“So as a nation, we need to be focused higher up the supply chain creating value and generating a livelihood for our country.”

The full report can be found here.


Xavier Smerdon  |  Journalist  |  @XavierSmerdon

Xavier Smerdon is a journalist specialising in the Not for Profit sector. He writes breaking and investigative news articles.

PB Careers
Get your biweekly dose of news, opinion and analysis to keep you up to date with what’s happening and why it matters for you, sent every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers? Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au or download our contributor guidelines.

Advertisement

Virtual Congress - CPA Australia

 Print

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Meet Pro Bono News’ first editorial advisory board

Wendy Williams

Thursday, 16th April 2020 at 8:02 am

Unpaid Carers Facing Significant Economic Disadvantage

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 21st August 2018 at 3:45 pm

NFPs Driving WA Economy, Report Says

Wendy Williams

Wednesday, 15th February 2017 at 4:20 pm

Study into the Effect of the NDIS on Carers

Lina Caneva

Wednesday, 25th January 2017 at 9:26 am

pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook
×