Welcome to the home of the Digital Transformation Expert Panel!
In late 2019, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) established the Expert Panel to ‘provide advice on how Australia’s VET system can most effectively respond to digital change underway across industry and its impact on the nation’s workforce’.
The Panel’s advice is captured in its Digital Transformation Skills Strategy which was considered by the AISC at its February 2021 meeting. The Panel believes that Australia’s VET system is pivotal to optimising what technology offers our economy, the many industries it comprises and our workforce. There is, however, little time to get this right. One of the most insightful analyses* on the impact of technology on Australia’s workforce predicts that by 2034:
- Automation will displace 2.7m workers, 56% of whom are male
- Technology will augment 4.5m workers, leading to a 15% capacity uplift to Australian businesses
The Panel is keen to emphasise that whilst digital transformation maybe synonymous with technology, it’s those inherent human skills which can’t be replicated by an algorithm that will future-proof our workforce and are now essential to build. It is why the Strategy is as much about growing our cognitive skills and general capabilities as it is about digital competence.
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“At least 40% of all businesses will die in the next 10 years… If they don’t figure out how to change their entire company to accommodate new technologies.”
JOHN CHAMBERS, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, CISCO SYSTEM
“90% of CEOs believe the digital economy will impact their industry, but less than 15% are executing on a digital strategy.”
MIT SLOAN AND CAPGEMINI
“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”
Bill Gates, Founder and Chairman, CEO & Chief Software Architect of Microsoft Corporation
“The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
“Just as digital transformation is more about people rather than technology, the key technological skills are soft skills rather than hard skills”
BECKY FRANKIEWICZ, PRESIDENT OF MANPOWERGROUP, NORTH AMERICA