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Project background

Jobs Queensland has heard from stakeholders that work, industries and skills are changing, and that there is a need for an adaptable workforce in our state. There has also been significant media attention on the future of work as we move further into the 21st century, with much reporting focused largely on technological impacts.

Through research, consultation and other activities, Jobs Queensland is considering what the future of work means for employment and skills policy in Queensland.

This project is investigating what the future of work could look like in 2030 for Queenslanders and our economy. This includes considering the implications for skills and employment policy of technological change, social and demographic trends, and institutional frameworks.

Future work, future jobs report


Future of Work project report


The Future work, future jobs: Preparing Queensland for the evolution of work report outlines emerging findings and recommendations relevant to future work in Queensland. It builds upon an extensive literature review that identified changes driven by technology, demographic and social factors, and institutional and policy influences.

Five themes emerged from the consultation and research for the report. These themes have shaped 18 recommendations for the Queensland Government to support a positive future to 2030. Shared priority, purpose and responsibility towards a positive vision for skills and employment will underpin our future prosperity.



Discussion paper

Future of Work discussion paper

To identify solutions and plan for the future, understanding the Queensland context will be key. Queensland differs from the rest of Australia in that it has a large number of regional centres with distinct economies and communities.

More than half our population lives outside of the urbanised south east corner. The proportion of Queenslanders with trade and technical qualifications is above the national average and we continue to grow our skills and knowledge base at a rate above the national average.

The Future of Work in Queensland to 2030 – Evolution or revolution? has been released to facilitate consultation statewide. It was informed by a review of national and international literature that explored three key drivers (technology impacts; demographic and social changes; and legal, institutional and policy influences) and their impact on the future workforce and economy. Many questions are not reliably answered by literature.

The purpose of this consultation process is to hear from a wide range of Queenslanders to find out what they see are the issues and potential solutions related to the employment and skills implications of the future of work in Queensland.

More information on how to participate in Future of Work consultation is detailed below.

(PDF, 600 KB)

Literature review

Future of Work literature review

The Future of Work Literature review focuses on three drivers of change which can be considered as having major impacts on how work will look in the future for Queenslanders and the Queensland economy. These are:

  1. technology impacts
  2. demographic and social changes
  3. legal, institutional and policy influences.

These drivers are by no means the only changes impacting on the future of work to 2030, nor should they be considered as separate entities. Rather, they reflect common themes in the literature and also the chronology of the debate around the future of work.

Much of the literature and commentary on the future of work takes an international focus or is focused on Australia at the national level. The Future of Work project places a particular emphasis on the impacts and implications of the future of work on individuals, businesses and communities in Queensland.

(PDF, 1.04 MB)


Extensive public consultation was undertaken as part of Jobs Queensland’s Future Work project.

Workshops were held across Queensland in March 2019.

  • Central Queensland (Rockhampton) – 5 March 2019
  • Darling Downs South West (Toowoomba) – 7 March 2019
  • Outback North (Mt Isa) – 12 March 2019
  • Far North Queensland (Cairns) – 14 March 2019
  • Sunshine Coast (Nambour) – 20 March 2019
  • Webinar – 22 March 2019 – morning session and afternoon session
  • South East Queensland (Logan) – 25 March 2019.

Written submissions were also sought from stakeholders in response to the discussion paper. The closing date for submissions was extended from 15 March 2019 to 22 March 2019.

Jobs Queensland extends its sincere thanks to everyone who has participated in the consultation. Your contribution is important.


Last updated 12 November 2019