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Technology and Innovation​

The State Training Board has commenced a project to examine current and emerging technology and innovation advances that are likely to impact key industries in Western Australia, and their implications for education, training and workforce development over the short, medium and long-term.

The McKinsey Global Institute has identified 12 emerging technological innovations which are expected to have significant disruptive potential over several industries by 2025.

  1. Mobile Internet
  2. Automation of Knowledge Work
  3. The internet of Things
  4. Cloud Technology
  5. Advanced Robotics
  6. Next-Generation Genomics
  7. Autonomous and Near-Autonomous Vehicles
  8. Energy Storage
  9. 3D Printing
  10. Advanced Materials
  11. Advanced Oil and Gas Exploration
  12. Renewable Energy

These technologies are expected to:

  • experience accelerated or discontinuous rates of change in terms of price/performance relative to substitutes;
  • have broad ranging impact on industries giving rise to a wide range of new applications, products and services;
  • have the potential to affect significant economic value (through additions to profit pools and Gross Domestic Product or by rendering capital investments of substitutes obsolete);
  • have the ability to disrupt the status quo by transforming how people live and work; creating new opportunities for businesses and potentially changing the comparative advantage of nations.

Terms of Reference

The State Training Board’s Technology and Innovation Project aims to work with employees, managers and employers, parents, industry practitioners and advocates, education and training providers and Government to:

1. Appraise how current and emerging innovation and technology advances are changing the nature of work in some of Western Australia’s key industries (to be determined by the Working Group), particularly in relation to:

1.1. Skills needs (existing and emerging) that will be demanded by industries;
1.2. New types of jobs that are expected to be in demand;

1.3. Existing jobs that are expected to change in design;
1.4. Specific vocational education and training products (skills, qualifications and training
package design) required to close the gap between the supply and demand for skills in the short,
medium and long-term; and

1.5. The pathways from vocational education and training to higher education qualifications
required to meet the skills needs demanded by industries;

2. Reference how supply side and other broader environmental factors (e.g. migration patterns, ageing demographic, global business supply chains, etc.) are likely to change the demand for skills and new types of jobs, and affect the work landscape;

3. Identify foundational skills that will enable people to participate productively in the knowledge- economy of the future, as job-seekers, entrepreneurs, business owners and innovators. These foundational skills include, but are not limited to: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Skills; Digital Literacy Skills; Enterprise Skills – Communication; Creativity and Innovation; Financial Literacy; Analytical and Critical Thinking; Project Management; Change Management and Adaptability;

4. Develop education, training and other strategies to increase the supply of local talents to meet the new and existing skills identified and embed and encourage these and foundational skills as appropriate at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels; and

5. Identify the changes in policy necessary to ensure an appropriate response to these skills needs and strategies.

Issues Paper

The first stage of this project has been to develop an Issues Paper, which draws together some key themes regarding innovation and technology, as part of an initial consultation process with business, industry and academic leaders.

Innovation and Technology Project Issues Paper

Industry Engagement and Consultation

The next phase of the project will involve five forums to consult with business, industry and academic leaders. The forums will be facilitated by ACIL Allen led by Executive Director John Nicolaou.

Industry Survey

The purpose of the survey is to provide ACIL Allen Consulting with information on the perspective of key stakeholders across all WA industries. We are interested to learn how stakeholders see innovation and technology shaping the future workforce needs of their organisation, their industry and the WA economy.

The survey is expected to take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.


Please complete the survey by 11.59 p.m. Sunday 26 February 2017 (Australian Western Standard Time).

State Training Board Project Working Group

The State Training Board has established a project working group to oversee the project. The members of the working group are:

  • Mr Jim Walker (Chair)
  • Dr Felicity Jefferies (State Training Board)
  • Mr Wayne Muller (State Training Board)
  • Mr Nathan Bentley (State Training Board)
  • Mr Gary Fitzgerald (Department of Training and Workforce Development)
  • Mr Michael Eckermann (Department of Training and Workforce Development)
  • Mr Greg Hilton (Department of Training and Workforce Development)
  • Ms Rani Thulasy (Office of the State Training Board)
  • Ms Kathy Hoare (Director, Office of the State Training Board) (Executive Officer)

The State Training Board has appointed ACIL Allen Consulting to assist with the project.

For further information on this project or if you would like to be involved please contact Kathy Hoare, Director Office of the State Training Board on 6551 5590 or email