The digital CBD roadmap: a vision for Melbourne as a leading digital city
Annette Markham, Max Parasol, Alexia Maddox, Tharuka Rupasinghe, Ahmad Salehi Shahrak, Banya Barua, Son Tran, Laki Kondylas, Michael Fairbairn, Tulley Kearney, Sally Piper, Darcy Allen, Indigo Holcombe-James, Jacinthe Flore, Julian Waters-Lynch, Konrad Peszynski, Nataliya Ilyushina, Trent MacDonald, Todd Denham, Amarens Breteler, Kelsie Nabben
This report outlines a vision for Melbourne to start moving towards a globally influential digital city by as soon as 2023 - if funding is prioritised. This would allow for a more efficient and effective economy, while creating a city that is secure, connected and...
Are people ready for a digital CBD? The new infrastructure demands
This report provides an analysis of how people in Melbourne use digital technology and infrastructures, and provides recommendations on what infrastructure requirements are needed for a digital CBD.
Breaking down the barriers to Industry 4.0 in the north
Innovation in northern Australia is thriving. It’s not clear why there’s a culture of innovation in the north, and perhaps that represents a focus for social research. This special report highlights how innovators in the north are at the leading edge of the fourth industrial...
The next industrial revolution: transforming Australia to flourish in a net-zero world
The authors of this report argue that Australia needs an updated industry policy, so that the nation can become an industrial success story as the world moves to net-zero carbon emissions.
An inclusive future? Technology, new dynamics, and policy challenges
This report addresses questions related to technology’s implications for inequality and to the policy agenda to promote more inclusive economic growth and development from technological advances.
The Docklands DAO: reimagining precincts in a digital CBD
This report explores a Decentralised Autonomous Organisation (DAO) for the Melbourne CBD designed to rejuvenate the Melbourne CBD for all stakeholders and used as a tool for targeted economic stimulus, community governance and community engagement.
The Australian manufacturing industry
This inquiry report examines the role that the Australian manufacturing industry has played, is playing, and will play in the future, as well as identifying new areas in which the Australian manufacturing industry can establish itself as a global leader.
The digital checkout
For the purposes of this report, the authors refer to the term 'digital checkout' as the process of a consumer engaging in a transaction (paid or otherwise) to access or procure a product or service online. This report argues that the challenge for consumer policy...
Bridging the global digital divide
This paper outlines an initiative that would allow the United States, along with a range of public and private partners, to seize the opportunity to reduce the digital divide between nations and people in a way that benefits inclusive economic advancement in low- and middle-income...
Peak human workplace: innovation in the unprecedented era
This report builds on the findings of research conducted in 2019, and uses first of its kind national survey data to investigate the influence of both workplace learning and collaboration on enabling innovation in Australian workplaces.
Lean thinking and industrial 4.0 approach to achieving construction 4.0 for industrialization and technological development
This study discovered, among others, the veracity of contingency approach in harnessing attributes of the lean thinking concept and disruptive applications in achieving Construction 4.0.
Mapping career causeways: supporting workers at risk
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc with labour markets, and risks causing widespread worker displacement in the worst affected sectors. This disruption has thrown into sharp relief the lack of timely and detailed careers advice for workers. This report aims to fill that information gap...
The future of jobs report 2020
This report maps the jobs and skills of the future, tracking the pace of change. It aims to shed light on the pandemic-related disruptions in 2020, contextualised within a longer history of economic cycles and the expected outlook for technology adoption, jobs and skills in...
Human capital as an asset: an accounting framework to reset the value of talent in the new world of work
The coronavirus pandemic is a defining moment for business leaders as they reset the workforce, restore stability and strive to achieve growth in a sustainable manner that benefits all stakeholders. This paper argues that business organisations should seek to work towards a more holistic approach...
Tech capable 2025
This briefing is for boards and senior leaders, government, advocates and thought leaders. It was co-created with sector leaders during February to June 2020, following Swinburne’s Society 4.0 Forum in Nov 2019.
Digital transformation: powering the great reset
Digital transformation is not a new endeavour for business, though prior attempts have often failed to realise its full potential. This paper explores the increasing yet evolving role and relevance of digital transformation in business today.
Diversity, equity and inclusion 4.0
This toolkit is designed to highlight the opportunities and outline the challenges specific to greater use of technology in the service of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. It is designed for organisational leaders, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officers (CDIOs), and others actively working to promote...
The future is now: creating decent work post-pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic, which swept across the globe in the early months of 2020, has rapidly accelerated long-standing trends in labour markets and economies around the world. Income inequality, precarious work and the digitisation of the economy are now issues that policymakers must grapple with...
The Next Gen Future
This 5G inquiry is a Parliament first, and the Committee has heard that the benefits of 5G will be experienced by all Australians if the deployment and adoption can be done successfully.
Technological change and the future of work
The document reports the findings from a government inquiry into technological change, disruption and the future of work.
Human rights and technology: discussion paper
New technologies are changing our lives profoundly—sometimes for the better, and sometimes not. This discussion paper sets out the Australian Human Rights Commission’s preliminary views on protecting and promoting human rights amid the rise of new technologies.
Digital frontrunners: country spotlights 2019
New technology, ageing populations, and globalisation are driving some of the biggest changes in labour markets around the world. This report provides a snapshot of how the 'digital frontrunner' countries are delivering a digital economy for all.
HR4.0: Shaping people strategies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is blurring the lines between people and technology, fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds. This paper is the outcome of a series of consultations with selected Chief Human Resources Officers and other experts to identify emerging challenges and a...
Opportunities in change: responding to the future of work
The nature of work in Australia is rapidly changing as technology drives innovation. This report provides a snapshot of today’s Australian labour market, the forces that are shaping it, and the blind-spots that need to be addressed if we are to succeed in a competitive...
Policy pathways for the new economy
Unfolding technological developments pose a significant challenge in terms of the depth of economic and social transformation needed for their benefits to be fully realized and equitably distributed. This paper explores the implications for governments on future paths for policy-making in three important and interrelated...