Technology and the future of work

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The Government has asked the Commission to examine how New Zealand can maximise the opportunities and manage the risks of disruptive technological change and its impact on the future of work and the workforce.

We will provide an independent assessment of the scale and potential impacts of rapid technological change and its disruptive impact on the future of work and the workforce in New Zealand. The overriding aim is to harness changes to maximise the wellbeing of New Zealanders. The assessment is to provide material for future government policy development and other initiatives to prepare the country for a productive, sustainable, and socially-inclusive future, despite uncertainties around the impact of technology.

Two broad questions are to guide the assessment:

  1. What are the current and likely future impacts of technological change and disruption on the future of work, the workforce, labour markets, productivity and wellbeing?
  2. How can the Government better position New Zealand and New Zealanders to take advantage of innovation and technological change in terms of productivity, labour-market participation and the nature of work?

Find out more by reading the terms of reference here.

Employment data

Are workers being replaced by machines? How is the nature of work and the workforce changing? To start this project, we've analysed employment data from the last few decades to help understand what has changed and what future employment trends might be likely. Watch this 3-minute video to find out more.

Have your say

The Commission will release an “issues paper“ in April outlining the context and scope of the inquiry, key issues to be investigated and a list of questions to be addressed and evidence sought. We will invite you to review the issues paper and share your feedback on the questions asked or on any issues that you consider relevant to the terms of reference.

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Key dates

Issues paper released                  April 2019
Series of reports for feedback       August - November 2019
Final report to Government           31 March 2020