Facilitating the continual improvement of workforce skills in the creative, leisure and technology sectors to drive economic growth & productivity, as well as enriching Western Australia's cultural and social landscape - now and into the future.
The Australian Computer Society, in partnership with Deloitte, released the 2020 Digital Pulse report at an online launch on the 17th September. The report is a major feature on the technology industry calendar each year, and has been anticipated as a first attempt at mapping a post-COVID future for the technology sectors in Australia.
The report grapples with a high degree of uncertainty and volatility in the employment market, providing rigorously researched projections. It identifies that the number of technology workers increased 6.8% between 2018-19, and is predicted to decrease by 35,000 workers between March-December 2020, before growing at an average rate of 3.1% through to 2025.
That's a growth rate double the whole-of-workforce average, but the report also issues a word of caution: in comparison to similar advanced economies, Australia's technology workforce is a smaller percentage of the whole, and that will take a coordinated effort to change. With 6.5% of Australia's GDP, or $126 billion, coming from technology enterprise in 2019, and an urgent need to diversify the economy beyond primary industry, Australia risks becoming less competitive.
At the core of the report is a drive to skills, upskilling, and attracting a broader cohort to technology careers, especially women. With over half of technology workers embedded in other industries, the imperative to grow the technology workforce is crucial not just to technology industries, but to the whole economy and community. Download the full report
FutureNow is the Western Australian Skills Advisory Body for the Creative, Technology & Leisure sectors.
FutureNow's span includes all aspects of Arts and Culture as well as Tourism, Hospitality and Events, Technology, Screen and Media, Print & Graphic Arts and Sport, Recreation and Racing. FutureNow works with employers, workers, self employed people, the education and training sector, government and the community to achieve relevant and meaningful skills outcomes.
Purpose To be the independent body that provides industry informed advice to influence skills development strategies across the Creative, Technology and Leisure sectors. Vision Western Australia is well prepared with the new order skills required by the evolving economy and changing society. Objectives Provide leadership and strategic advice about skills, workforce and industry development in WA. Work with industry to anticipate and facilitate the shifting workplace and skills needs of the creative, technology and leisure sectors. Provide leadership about education and training mechanisms of skills development in WA through knowledge of material issues and work with education and training providers. Advise on education and training policy matters related to changing work typologies.
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FutureNow's focus is Workforce Development
FutureNow acknowledges the Aboriginal peoples of Australia as traditional custodians of the lands and waters. It honours their wisdom, cultures, languages and communities and pays respect to the Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise the many contributions Aboriginal people make to our community, our businesses and to our learning.