Future of Working Round Table

Our Future of Working Roundtable held on 6 December 2022 provided much food for thought and an excellent springboard for further debate, discourse and discussion on this topic in the new year.

Our Chief Professionalist, Professor Deen Sanders OAM facilitated this lively session with our expert panel who explored a range of unravelling factors from productivity, profitability, efficiency, technology, talent attraction & retention, diversity and work-place well-being.

Professor Deen Sanders

Here, we share some of the key take-aways from the session.

Our first expert, ACoP’s Chief Futurist, Dr Simon Eassom examined the paradoxes of the 21st century and suggested that the idea of ‘work’, be it a 4-day work week or otherwise, is an urgent social issue as much as it is an economic issue, reflecting a desire to dismantle the constructs of work perpetuated by the 19th century industrial era driven by outputs, directed by time. He stressed the importance of the balance between work and play and engaging in meaningful work that Australians long yearn for.

Dr Simon Eassom

He proposed that the social challenge for the 21st century is therefore to enable people to engage in meaningful work and not clamour for the four-day week, which Simon observes is a band aid on a system that’s increasingly damaged. Instead, at a minimum, he shares that it’s about enabling good work for everybody as satisfied by three necessary conditions:

  • Work that gives people acceptable control over the money they need to sustain a meaningful life
  • Work that allows the individual the autonomy to create a working environment that includes human interaction, personal development and the full utilisation of their talent, skills, abilities and energies
  • Control over the when and how of work that enables them to combine work with other important life tasks and responsibilities such as caring for their family, exercise, eating healthy and social interactions

Simon continued by outlining the four cornerstones of the new world of work and the changing nature of work experience:

  1. Culture trumps rules!
  2. It’s about working, not about jobs
  3. Building teams becomes the significant factor in leading overall improvement of an organisation performance, moving away from hierarchical structures, instead using technology to better collaborate
  4. Leadership is not about management, it’s about coaching

Simon concluded by inviting us to not just reflect, with a deep frustration, around the way in which we endured meaningless knowledge/office work for decades, but a punctuation in that cycle that is giving us an opportunity to rethink a move forward around the future of work.

Our next presenter, Shivani Gopal explored what an inclusive, diverse and equitable work environment will resemble in the future, drawing our attention to the other impacts of the four-day work week on women if we move the dial too fast without a proper strategy and focus on what this means for genuine inclusion. potential negative ripple effect of a four-day week for women.

Shivani Gopal

Shivani warned that a further exacerbation of gender roles in society could lead to a further widening of existing gaps – the gender pay gap, the leadership gap, the superannuation gap and the wealth gap.

She reminded of how the pandemic exasperated the gender roles in society and how women were often the ones left to juggle both professional and domestic duties, citing the Australian Institute of Family Studies’ staggering statistic that 78% of women carried the mental load of all households, thus impacting brain space, efficiency and ability for worm to each full ambitions and dreams and the potential negative ripple effect of a four-day week for women.

Shivani shared preliminary findings of her Landmark national research on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (D,E&I) in Corporate Australia, covering the gender pay gap; and the paradigm shift of the need to reposition Diversity, Equity and Inclusion towards Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (I,E&D).

Shivani concluded by recommending that a well-constructed I,E&D strategy is to incorporate it into an organisation’s EVP and ESG strategies, allowing organisations to be set apart from their competitors and establishing them as employers of choice.

Our third contributor on the panel was Rowena Ditzell, who is currently undertaking her PhD research on the future of work and alternative work schedules, including the Unilever trial. Rowena began by grounding us in the notion that there are many different ways that the four-day week can play out. The most common model is the compressed work week, where historically we tended to shove five days’ worth of work into four longer days.

Rowena Ditzell

Rowena explained that the model that she’s exploring is somewhat different in that it’s about still getting paid for five days, but doing so in 80% of the time (ie: four days), sometimes called the ‘100-80-100’ model predicated on the fact that people will need to do things differently if they want to achieve the desired outcomes.

Rowena talked through some of the initial findings from this fascinating work from a business perspective ranging from employee outcomes, wellbeing, engagement, job satisfaction and job conflict. Observations included a significant change process which saw improvements over time, coupled with support from management to deliver successful outcomes. With the extra time on people’s hands, it became clear that both men and women with caring responsibilities were able to use that time for their own personal benefit in a positive way. By giving people back time, there are significant benefits across a number of domains.  Rowena concluded by encouraging us to think about genuine change and how things could be done differently in the future.

The event drew to a close by Deen facilitating an engaging Q&A session and provoked our thinking by asking if ‘future workplace flexibility’ is just another code word for ‘doing more with less’ and being ‘rewarded more for less’?

As he points out, professionals and professional workplaces have a choice, reflecting that ‘choice’ is in fact the function of privilege, noting that until and unless we see workplaces that understand and respect genuine choice, even with the existing biases, we will not be able to move to a place of equity and flexibility in the future.

Climate Action pre-COP27 Roundtable Report

Action and change are now in the hands of business and professionals. As supporters, adopters and interested parties to the Charter ACoP was delighted to hold a Climate Action Forum pre-COP27 Event on 17 October 2022 which galvanised a panel of esteemed experts into discussing, sharing and planning for COP27.

The Roundtable, facilitated by ACoP Director Simon Hann, explored what to expect from this year’s Climate Change Conference in Sharm-El-Sheikh (COP27), outlined what participants needed to know to prepare for implementation as well as provided a terrific opportunity to gain insights from participating international representatives.

This month marks one year since ACoP’s member organisations endorsed the global Professional Bodies Climate Action Charter signalling our firm commitment for collective agency on climate action, which has also seen us facilitate other Roundtables on this important agenda.

Our Expert Panel

  • His Excellency Mr Mahmoud Mohamed Gamal Eldin ZAYED – Ambassador of Egypt to Australia
  • Kushla Munro – Head International Climate and Net Zero Pathways, Australian Govt. Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment & Water
  • Mike Burrell – CEO, Sustainable Business Council New Zealand
  • Kate Levick – Associate Director Sustainable Finance, E3G.org
  • Tom Evans – Policy Advisor, E3G.org


The main message from this event was that COP27 will be focused on implementation, providing Australian businesses a platform to showcase what they are doing in committing to sustainability. All panelists agreed that now is the time to turn climate ambition into real action and deliver on targets, therefore validating the criticality of COP27 in injecting political momentum.

His Excellency Mr Mahmoud Mohamed Gamal Eldin outlined Egypt’s priorities and guiding elements of COP27, noting that the challenges before us are much higher than the gains we have achieved, reminding participants that:

  • COP 26 confirmed the need for quick and at-scale action by 2030
  • We must have a human centric approach which captures the needs and aspirations of the people who are subject to the impacts of climate change
  • We need to look into the implementation of a just, equitable and transformative pathway under the Paris agreement that can respond to these needs and calls
  • The speed and scale of action should be in line with the recommendations and findings provided by the best available science
  • The Paris agreement identified and clarified common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.

The Australian Government’s Kushla Munro spoke eloquently about the criticality of mitigation outcomes urging the focus for countries towards adaption, loss and damage, financing and actually doing what we said we would do – as articulated at previous COPs.
Equally important is to showcase at COP27 the changed Australian approach and what our businesses are now doing such as clean energy, sustainable industries, products, services and research as signals on what we are doing by boosting and drawing on necessary investment.

New Zealand’s Mike Burrell provided an excellent overview of their strategy stressing that it was about

  • turning the climate ambition into real action and delivering on the targets
  • reminding us that there are only 8 COPs to go until 2030 and that
  • backsliding is a significant threat so COP27 is a game changer
  • we all need to keep up the momentum.  

Kate Levick and Tom Evans from E3G, a secretariat to the UK Transition Plan Taskforce, provided invaluable insights from the UK perspective and impressed upon us that we are globally in a ‘poly-crisis’ with challenging economies, pandemic, food, energy, debt, climate impacts … and the clock is ticking! They stressed that COP27 is crucial in injecting political momentum and to restore trust between governments to tackle the climate and linked crises together.

Your Invitation

We invite individuals and professional associations who are not members of ACoP to join the Australian / New Zealand ‘Forum for Climate Action’ that works collectively to uphold the integrity and contribution that Australian professionals can make in pursuit of our Nation’s climate agenda. “Collaboratively, we intend to harness and share our joint expertise and climate-relevant resources to enhance capabilities to practice sustainability, including a timeline for achieving this and identifying the help and collaboration needed from within our partnerships to achieve this”, said ACoP President A/Prof Klaus Veil.

Join the Forum email list here. For more details, contact CEO@Professions.org.au.

Future of Working – Is the 4-day Work Week the Solution?

Debate, discourse and in-depth discussions have been raging around Australia and the world about what the future of working is. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a game-changer turning traditional workplace culture on its head – so professionals and organisations are having to re-think sustainable, inclusive and flexible solutions to their work, workplaces and the broader workforce.

It seems that – again – the future is already here. Governments across Australia and around the world are seeing the 4-day work week as a viable solution. Will a hybrid model that leverages AI technology and flexibility to create maximum impact? Is it as simple as working ‘Anytime, Anywhere’? Does anything actually have to change? But if working is changing, how can we ensure that it’s diverse, equitable, ethical, climate-conscious, and inclusive?

These are just a few of the questions we will explore at our upcoming ‘The Future of Work – Is the 4-day Work Week the Solution?‘ Roundtable. This event is a follow-up to our ‘Creating Australia 2040 – Education and Employability’ National Summit in August 2022 which called for more exploration on the issues and challenges we are facing in preparing ourselves and our workplaces for this future.

This Roundtable will provide an opportunity for our Member Organisations to explore, discuss and comment on how this future of working will impact our professional lives. The discussions will inform where we will focus our attention in 2023.  

Our expert panel

ACoP’s Chief Professionalist Professor Deen Sanders OAM will facilitate this exploratory session with our expert panel. As the public face of our mission to advocate for the value of professional expertise, Deen will bring his organisational and own professional insights into this conversation, exploring what it means for professional organisations and their members.

Professor Deen Sanders OAM

We will hear our Chief Futurist, Dr Simon Eassom provoke our thinking on the seismic shifts disrupting the workforce of the future. In his role as Chief Futurist, Simon will develop and accelerate ACoP’s presence and value on specific ‘futurology’ scenarios; developing materials and presentations that could be used by ACoP members for their own understanding of the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other challenges facing humanity; and importantly assisting in the advocacy of ACoP as the leading voice in presenting objective assessment of the issues facing the professions, governments and society overall.

Dr Simon Eassom

Also on the panel is Shivani Gopal who explore what an inclusive, diverse and equitable work environment will resemble in the future. Shivani is a passionate feminist, serial entrepreneur, and finance expert on a mission to create a more equal world. She is the Founder and CEO of Elladex (formerly The Remarkable Woman) and Co-Founder of Upstreet. Shivani will share the findings of her recent research and the development of a diversity, equity and inclusion national framework, focusing on its impact on workplaces of the future in the context of gender inclusion, equity and flexibility.

Shivani Gopal

Our expert panel is rounded out by Mark Bonner, Engineers Australia’s Head of Climate Smart Engineering, who will provide a unique economist perspective on the effect of the dissolution of the 5-day, 9-to-5 working week in city-based office blocks on carbon footprints, sustainability and climate change.

Forum for Climate Action – Inaugural Roundtable

ACoP was delighted to host the Australia and New Zealand Forum for Climate Action inaugural virtual Roundtable on Wednesday, 9 March 2022.

The Roundtable, facilitated by Forum Convenor and ACoP Board member Simon Hann, explored ways in which the collective agency of supporters and signatories of the Professional Bodies Climate Action Charter might be activated across the region to create substantial and meaningful outcomes.

In collaboration with founding members Chartered Accountants ANZ (CA ANZ), the National Environmental Law Association (NELA), Business Council of Sustainable Development Australia (BCSDA) and Engineers Australia (EA) we are stewarding the Charter’s ANZ Professional Bodies ‘Forum for Climate Action’.

With ACoP’s member organisations representing a million professionals across Australia, we are championing the duty of professionals to protect our national interest by promoting and practising sustainability in alignment with the goals of the Paris Agreement and in particular Australia’s international pledge of achieving net zero emissions (NZE) by at least 2050.

Charter Overview

The Charter brings together multi-disciplinary organisations to share and harness their expertise and climate-relevant resources while enhancing the capabilities of a broad range of professional organisations. It will achieve this by ensuring professionals are well informed on best-practices through relevant Continued Professional Development (CPD) resources whilst establishing common awareness and literacy of sustainability across and between professions.

Roundtable Discussion

The expert panel, comprised of national and international experts, shared their wealth of experience and knowledge through professional views and advice on the region’s climate agenda.

Zoe Whitton, (ESG Specialist and Partner, Pollination Group), pointed out that whilst both government and private sectors’ emission mitigation commitments set ambitious goals, many of these pledges have been announced with little or no strategy underpinning them. According to Zoe, capital markets are now strongly aligning their decisions to climate outcomes, primarily driven by asset risk. However, she also noted the rising number of climate-related litigation cases due to inadequate government and private sector responses and related fiduciary responsibilities which are likely to continue if not addressed and managed appropriately. Zoe concluded by highlighting that addressing climate is as much about mitigation as it is resilience and adaptation; and increasingly about nature-based solutions that are formed through collaborations across sectors, competitors, vertical supply chains and individuals.

Lisa Cliff, (Environmental Scientist, Program Manager – Better Futures Australia, Climate Action Network Australia) explained Better Future Australia’s establishment on the back of the 2019 bushfires which represented a politicisation and inertia to a federal climate change response. She also spoke about the opportunity now to advocate for the national climate policy settings for Australia and the need for civil society volunteers to keep fighting the bushfires and supporting flood rescue.  Lisa highlighted that the main obstacle to private sector actions across all sectors is a lack of national standards and policy uncertainty but maintained that industry players and sub-national governments’ collaboration can be a catalyst for national action.

Join the Forum for Climate Action

We invite individuals and professional organisations to join the Australian / New Zealand ‘Forum for Climate Action’ that works collectively to uphold the integrity and contribution that Australian professionals can make in pursuit of our Nation’s climate agenda. “Collaboratively, we intend to harness and share our joint expertise and climate-relevant resources to enhance capabilities to practice sustainability, including a timeline for achieving this and identifying the help and collaboration needed from within our partnerships to achieve this”, said ACoP Presideet A/Prof Klaus Veil.  

For more details, contact CEO@Professions.org.au

Professional Bodies’ Collective Agency on Climate Action

As the coalition of countries committing to net-zero emissions by 2050 is growing and gaining momentum, the United Nations is calling for these commitments to be backed by realistic, credible, and timely action. The Australian Council of Professions (ACoP) is heeding this call and welcomes interested parties to participate in our mission.

In November 2021, our Member Organisations endorsed the global Professional Bodies Climate Action Charter representing a united force in sharing and harnessing joint expertise and resources to enhance the capabilities of professional organisations in their pledge to sustainable practice.

With the discourse on “Net Zero by 2050” and similar goals running hot, ACoP is committed to facilitating dialogue and coordinating tangible outcomes on the practical and realistic action that is required to achieve national climate-related goals aligned with the ambition of the Charter.

The power of collective agency is undisputed and as a collective of professional bodies across Australia and New Zealand, we can effect positive change either as supporters or adopters.

With that as the basis of ACoP’s mission, we are hosting an inaugural roundtable on Wednesday, 9 March 2022 to start the discussions, with a focus on the important next steps needed to establish operational approaches in support of the Charter. This includes discussion on the nature of participation, the Charter’s desired outcomes and realistic timelines to achieve these goals.

As interested parties to the Charter either as a supporter or adopter, you are warmly invited to participate in an inaugural Round-Table discussion.  Key topics for discussion will be the important next steps needed to establish operational approaches in support of the Charter including the nature of participation in support of the Charter’s desired outcomes.

We are delighted to welcome two international climate experts to our inaugural Roundtable who will share their wealth of experience and knowledge through professional views and advice on the region’s climate agenda:

Zoe Whitton is a Partner at Pollination Group, a specialist climate change investment and advisory firm. Zoe assists companies and investors to navigate the impacts of climate change and to build new businesses and products which are transition aligned. Zoe previously led the award-winning APAC ESG Research team at Citi, advising institutional investors globally on climate change and sustainable development. Earlier in her career Zoe covered ESG and climate change at Credit Suisse and at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and served as a youth delegate to the UNFCCC. She serves on the boards of the Investor Group on Climate Change and the Centre for Policy Development, and is part of the advisory group of the Sydney Environment Institute. Zoe has won numerous awards for her research and work on climate finance and risk, and regularly contributes to the wider conversation on sustainable finance by commentating in the Australian and international press, including in the AFR, the SMH, the Age, and the Wall Street Journal, along with publications such as the Quarterly Essay.
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Lisa Cliff, Better Futures Australia Manager, is an environmental scientist and climate policy professional by training, Lisa has worked across sectors to co-design and deliver solutions to environmental challenges including managing The Climate Reality Project – Australia and Pacific to enable a community of 1,600 trained leaders. Lisa has previously worked with the Qld Conservation Council and the ACT Government. Through her work with Climate Action Network Australia, Lisa engages a broad range of organisations to deliver the Better Futures Australia initiative, driving ambition across society and the economy and amplifying diverse voices calling on the federal government to do more.
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We invite indeviduals and professional associations who are not members of ACoP to join the Australian / New Zealand ‘Forum for Climate Action’ that works collectively to uphold the integrity and contribution that Australian professionals can make in pursuit of our Nation’s climate agenda. “Collaboratively, we intend to harness and share our joint expertise and climate-relevant resources to enhance capabilities to practice sustainability, including a timeline for achieving this and identifying the help and collaboration needed from within our partnerships to achieve this”, said ACoP President A/Prof Klaus Veil.  

Join the Forum email list here. For more details, contact CEO@Professions.org.au.

Supporting neurodiverse Professionals at Work

Professionals have a responsibility to create, enable and sustain inclusive and safe environments for the diverse range of individuals in our communities and workplaces.  However, at our ‘Neurodiversity in the Professions’ panel discussion last year we learnt that there is limited knowledge on how organisations can best support neurodiverse professionals at work.

ACoP is therefore stepping up by supporting research in neurodiversity across professional environments and what it means to you, as professionals within that landscape.  Last December, we also signed an MoU with Believe:neuroDiversity (B:nD), a peak body whose mission is to highlight the strengths of neurodiversity in order to improve the outcomes of neurodivergent people within Australia.

Additionally, parts of the COVID-related national skills shortage could be mitigated by attracting, retaining and leveraging neurodivergent professionals through inclusive work environments which support all forms of diversity for the benefit of our communities, both economically and socially.

At this Members-only Round Table we will continue our collaboration with B:nD by exploring the ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ of creating inclusive work environments for neurodivergent professionals including the Believe:inDex assessment tool which may assist in measuring neurodiversity support in organisations.

ACoP signs MOU with peak NeuroDiversity Body

The Australian Council of Professions has formalised its collaboration with Believe:neuroDIVERSITY (B:nD), a non-profit organisation whose mission is to highlight the strengths of neurodiversity in order to improve the outcomes of neurodivergent people within Australia.

Originally inspired by Harvey Blume’s 1998 comment in The Atlantic that “Neurodiversity may be every bit as crucial for the human race as biodiversity is for life in general. Who can say what form of wiring will prove best at any given moment?”, this collaboration follows our Neurodiversity in the Professionspanel discussion on 21 September 2021. Hosted by our Diversity, Culture and Inclusion portfolio, the expert panel explored neurodiversity issues through varied perspectives examining the barriers neurodivergent individuals face in employment whilst highlighting the opportunities that neurodiversity can address in today’s professional skills shortage and talent scarcity crises.  Much of the discussion also noted how under-researched neurodiversity is across the employment and professional landscape.  

The virtual signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was attended by many of our Member Organisations and saw the Presidents of both ACoP and B:nD commit to this collaboration.

Mark Solonsch, President of B:nD, explains that “Neurodiversity is about differences, not disabilities, and neurodivergent staff have tremendous strengths that they offer. But we need to make accommodations in the workplace to recognise those differences so they don’t mask people’s neurodivergence. Everyone has the right to bring themselves to work; and workplaces need to create a culturally safe and conducive environment to do this”. With limited research in the area of neurodiversity across professional environments, ACoP and B:nD have now joined forces to address this challenge.

ACoP’s President Klaus Veil points out that “Data is critical in establishing and enabling  professional associations and employers  towork towards  more inclusive and safe workplaces for neurodiverse individuals and the important contributions they make across professions”.

The MOU covers collaborative activities such as a neurodiversity index project, commissioned research, joint public communications and other activities of mutual benefit.  

As Klaus Veil observes, “These are all important aspects if we aim to continue to enhance the culture of professionalism across our work environments”.

Work-Integrated Learning during the Pandemic and Beyond

Despite the ongoing disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to ensure graduates entering the Professions in the future are work ready. While many innovative ways of providing WIL have been developed, more efforts are required to achieve best practices in student placements.

At the same time, the National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund (NPILF), introduced under the Australian Government Job-Ready Graduates package, requires universities to increase both the quantity and quality of work-integrated learning opportunities to ensure work ready graduates. How will universities achieve that? How will industry be able to provide essential workplace experiences in a COVID world? What role could professional associations play in fostering university – industry collaboration?

The many participants in our “Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) during the Pandemic – The Good, The Bad, The Innovative” Roundtable on 9th November 2021 felt it was a timely and very useful exploration of this important component of educating professionals of the future. While several innovative ways of providing WIL have been developed, more efforts are required to achieve best practices in student placements.

Hosted by ACoP Board Director and Education, Accreditation, Micro-Credentials and Employability portfolio co-chair Simon Hann, the Round Table explored a number of topics that have arisen in nearly two years of higher education teaching, learning, assessment and placements during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.  In May of last year, we had facilitated a Joint Statement by the entire Australian higher education sector of agreed principles for adapting to the pandemic.

The Roundtable experts were:

Prof Peter Dawkins – Mitchell Institute for Education and Health Policy, Victoria University
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Peter is leading the Review of University-Industry Collaboration in Teaching & Learning with former RMIT V-C Professor Martin Bean.

Harold Lomas BA –  A/g Assistant Secretary, Dept. of Education, Skills and Employability

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Paolo Damante MDIT BA –  Senior  Policy Officer, Australian Industry Group (AIG)

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Karena Maguire MSc. BBS FCMA – Head of Stakeholder Engagement and Communications, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

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Mairéad Boland LLB LLM – Quality Assurance Manager, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

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Topics discussed included:

  • How can collaboration between industry and universities be increased to make the 2015 ‘National Strategy on Work Integrated Learning in University Education‘ a reality?
  • What is the gold standard for University – Industry Collaboration?
  • What challenges will need to be overcome?
  • What are some of the innovative ways universities and industry have delivered WIL (particularly placements) in a COVID environment?
  • How could professional associations support work integrated learning and university – industry collaboration?

The Round Table participants examined the challenges impacting University–Industry Collaboration, what ‘Good’ University–Industry Collaboration looks like and how it interacts with the Australian Government’s Review of University-Industry Collaboration in Teaching & Learning.  There was universal consensus about the need to ensure stronger university-industry collaboration, particularly as young people are struggling with the transition to skilled employment.

AIG senior  policy officer Paolo Damante outlined industry expectations and session participants expressed their firm belief that higher education needs to meet lifelong learning needs by engaging more meaningfully with industry as skills shortages continues to affect our employment landscape.  The participants also spoke of greater collaboration between Higher Education and VET as a necessity if the industry is to succeed and inducements are also considered vital to increase WIL opportunities.

DESE’s acting Assistant Secretary Harold Lomas provided the background to the Australian Government’s National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund (NPILF) <link> and outlined its purpose and progress to date as well as the themes identified from the pilot plans universities have submitted and the role of NPILF going forward.

Karena Maguire and Mairead Boland from Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) shared Ireland’s response to the impact of COVID on providing work placements. Our Round Table participants then explored some of the innovative ways universities and industry have delivered WIL placements in a COVID environment and the lessons Australia could learn from Ireland’s experience.

The Round Table concluded with the identification of a number of useful models, resources and possible solutions to address the issues raised and opportunities for professional associations to leverage in order to enhance collaborations between universities and industry.  The Australian Council of Professions will further this further with its Member Organisations in 2022.

We invite professional organisations who are not members of ACoP to join our alliance as we work collectively to uphold the integrity of work-integrated learning and the importance of collaboration between higher education and industry. For more details, ring 1300 664 587 or contact CEO@Professions.org.au.

Forum for Climate Action

With our Member Organisations endorsing the global Professional Bodies Climate Action Charter, the Australian Council of Professions is facilitating an initiative to assist other professional organisations exploring ways they too can help secure a sustainable future. The Australian / New Zealand ‘Forum for Climate Action’ enables sharing and harnessing of joint expertise and climate-relevant resources to enhance the capabilities of professional organisations to practice sustainability.

The purposes of the Forum include:

  • exploring and progressing organisations becoming a Supporter or Signatory to the Charter
  • sharing ideas, information and knowledge that will provide value to those who are Supporters or Signatories to the Charter

Collaboratively, the Forum intend to harness and share expertise and climate-relevant resources to enhance the capability to practice sustainability, including a timeline for achieving this and identifying the help and collaboration needed from within our partnerships to achieve this.

The Forum is convened by ACoP Board Member Simon Hann. The inaugural Forum co-chairs are:

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