Quality Education And Quality Work

Julius Roe, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union

Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Research Conference (13th : 2008 : Brisbane)


This paper argues that there is no uniform trend to work which requires higher skills, higher levels of discretion and autonomy, increased teamwork, and increased multi-skilling. The link between increased opportunities for quality education and training and better quality work requires an integrated and new labour market, industry and education and training policies. The deregulatory and marketbased policies applied to education and training, labour market and industry funding and regulation over the past decade have had negative consequences. It is open to Australian governments to develop an integrated approach to industry, the labour market, and education and training that would decrease inequality, increase participation in the labour market, increase productivity and ensure that the Australian economy is strong in areas of the highest productivity growth.