Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s jobs and skills summit kicks off this morning, bringing together heads of business, union figures, government leaders, and influential Australians to help forge the future of the nation’s labour market.
Many on the 140-plus list of attendees have arrived at Parliament House for the two-day summit. There is an atmosphere of excitement in the marble foyer, before invitees sift into the Great Hall, where Albanese will speak.
Those on the invite list include Australian of the Year, tennis champion and disability advocate, Dylan Alcott, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce, Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar, Visy head Anthony Pratt, and former Australia Post executive Christine Holgate.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions and Business Council of Australia have already held a press conference about their list of joint principles in shaping the workplace in Australia, including by enhancing the enterprise bargaining system and increasing migration.
One of the key issues of the summit has been foreshadowed changes to the better off overall test, the legal measure that ensures workers don’t go backwards during negotiations.
Albanese and Treasurer Jim Chalmers are due to address attendees around 8am AEST after a welcome to Country.
Some of the topics up for discussion today include maintaining full employment and growing productivity, equal opportunities and pay for women, sustainable wage growth and the future of bargaining, future skills needs and the clean energy transition.