Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities


Preparing for the Future of Work Across Australia

COVID-19 is likely to leave long-lasting effects on local labour markets. It is accelerating a pre-existing trend towards automation, as firms look even more to new technologies to pandemic proof their operations. While automation offers the opportunity to boost productivity, it can also lead to job polarisation as vulnerable workers who lose their jobs may not have the skills needed in a changing labour market. This OECD report examines the potential impacts of automation on people and places across Australia. It also sheds light on policies and programmes that can help regions and cities to prepare for the future of work.

Published on September 24, 2021

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Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
The local impacts of automation in Australia
Job polarisation and changing skills needs at the local level in Australia
Future-proofing people, places and firms in Australia
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