The Corrs Workplace Relations team is pleased to present
our third annual review of the Australian employment, workplace and
In this year's review, we have chosen to explore
five key issues that we consider Australian
employers need to be engaging with in the modern workplace:-
digital disruption and the future of work
Australia's 21st century infrastructure needs
the public sector workforce
social enterprises and the not-for-profit sector
business culture and risk
These five themes are discussed in detail and examined in the
context of safety, risk and culture.
The new, thematic approach taken in this publication reflects
the increasing integration of issues that have traditionally been
siloed into the categories of employment, discrimination,
industrial relations and safety.
We hope you find this year's publication insightful and
If you wish to discuss anything raised in the Mid-Year Review
further, please don't hesitate to contact one of our workplace
relations partners listed to the right.
Hi I'm John Tuck. I'm a partner here at Corrs and leader
of our Workplace Health & Safety practice.
This year our Mid-Year Review focuses firmly on future
organisations and builds on last years' thinking around the
sharing economy and its impact on the Australian employment
At Corrs we consider the critical issue to be the ability of
organisations to be adaptive to change and the drive to remain
competitive and get the most out of their resources and
We also see the force of digital disruption on our clients, as
this impacts the fundamentals of work – how we work, when we
work, and where we work. The challenges are very real. Forty
percent of knowledge worker jobs are likely to be replaced by
technological enhancements over the next ten to fifteen years.
Automation continues to deliver new ways of doing old work. This
poses a number of questions:
How will the traditional approaches to labour regulation shift
to keep pace?
What changes will various sectors have to make as technology
and automation disrupts traditional business models?
How are we organised to deliver on the increasing
infrastructure needs in Australia in a cost effective way?
We also consider a number of key areas. First our specialists
consider the public sector. The public sector is coming under
increasing demand for its services whilst also experiencing
considerable constraint on its budgets. We look at how the public
sector is looking to deliver in a more innovative and agile
And we present our experiences in the growing social bond and
social enterprise area is one in which government seeks to fund key
social needs. We look at how organisations will respond to the
impacts on health and safety, privacy, security and the
developments in chain of responsibility and we ask the question of
how culture and risk intersect.
This is a conversation, let us know what you
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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