In the run-up to the 2022 federal election, Labor promised 1.2 million jobs in technology by 2030. Today, the Minister responsible for ensuring those tech jobs are allowed to exist showed us his plans, well, the report which will guide the government to develop strategies.
Husic is hoping to use a 38-page report produced by the Australian Technology Council as a template. The report is called Reaching the 1.2 Million: our road map for building Australia’s prosperous technology workforce, and it does what it says on the tin. The report highlights the five key barriers that Australia must address to reach that target of 1.2 million jobs.
Skills and training Minister Brendan OConnor introduced legislation last week that will create the Australian Job and Skills Agency as a statutory entity, sitting under the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. Jobs and Skills Australia, says Hassich, would be the body dedicated to understanding and solving the nation’s skills crisis. The body will replace the National Commissioner for Skills (which was introduced by the previous government in 2020).