Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
Preparing for the Future of Work Across Australia
COVID-19 is likely to leave long-lasting effects on local labour markets. It is accelerating
a pre-existing trend towards automation, as firms look even more to new technologies
to pandemic proof their operations. While automation offers the opportunity to boost
productivity, it can also lead to job polarisation as vulnerable workers who lose
their jobs may not have the skills needed in a changing labour market. This OECD report
examines the potential impacts of automation on people and places across Australia.
It also sheds light on policies and programmes that can help regions and cities to
prepare for the future of work.