The Future of Work: Setting Kids up for Success

Making sense of the competing messages surrounding the future of work can be a daunting and difficult task, particularly for parents and friends wanting to ensure their children’s success.

In response, nbn and the Regional Australia Institute have partnered to build a set of practical online resources for parents and children to use today to build the skills and attributes they will need for the future.

These include a ‘Future of Work’ research report, six case studies (see below) and an online toolkit.

The Regional Australia Institute’s The Future of Work – Setting Kids up for Success’ report reveals that to remain competitive in the 2030 job market, one in two Australians will need skills in programming and software development, as well as an ability to build digital technology.

The report identifies three key points:

  • The in-demand jobs will be mixing high tech, personal contact and care activities;
  • Our kids will need a mix of both nerdy digital and soft personal skills for success in the 2030 job market; and
  • Jobs of the future will be flexible, entrepreneurial and dynamic.

Based on these findings, the Future of Work Toolkit focuses on providing practical insights and activities that build both ‘hard’ tech skills and ‘soft’ people, creativity and entrepreneurial capabilities.

We need to be investing now in high capacity digital connections, innovation and the right type of learning environment. nbn is providing the infrastructure, but parents, schools and communities need to engage with young people in creating pathways into future work, and connecting them with opportunities and the tools they need to move ahead.

So what are you waiting for? Read more about jobs of the future or jump online and get your kids upskilled and ready for success at

In partnership with:

report-graphicDownload the full The Future of Work: Setting Kids up for Success report here.

Visit and explore the online Toolkit here.

Case Studies

To help you take action in your local community, we’ve looked into six towns around Australia and found out what they are doing to help their kids get ready for the future of work.

While you may not live in one of these towns – they cover the breadth of regional Australia, as shown by regional types.  So find a type that is similar to you to learn what your town could be doing to get kids ready for the future of work.

Regional types:

Regional Cities IconRegional Cities have populations of over 50,000 people. They have diverse economies and the chance to use their size and diversity to shape their own future. Sound like your city? Have a look at the Launceston (TAS) profile below.

Connected Lifestyle iconConnected Lifestyle Regions do not have city population size, but are close to our major metropolitan regions. They will be influenced by their connection with these cities. Are you located near a major city? See below the Serpentine-Jarrahdale (WA) and Victor Harbour (SA) profiles.

Industry and Service Hubs iconIndustry and Service Hubs are regional centres with between 15,000 – 50,000 residents, located further from major metropolitan areas. Their performance is linked to industry outcomes, but their population size means they could be resilient to change. Sound like your region? See the Mildura (Vic) profile below.

Heartland regionHeartland Regions are smaller regional areas that are not close to cities. Industry trends and local ingenuity will shape their future. Are you living in a smaller Heartland region? See what is happening in the Uralla (NSW) and Charters Towers (QLD) profiles below.

Does your region already have initiatives in place?

Then we want to hear from you! Contact us at [email protected]

To view some great examples that have already been found checkout