Businesses are ready to work with government, unions and the community on major economic challenges ahead at the jobs and skills summit, said Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott.
“The Jobs and Skills Summit is a chance to reset the economy and ensure Australia and its people realize their full potential.
“Our economy is poised for a global recovery, but it depends on our ability to bring everyone to the table and find a common goal to sustainably drive new investment, productivity and stronger growth.
“In particular, we welcome the government’s focus on boosting Australia’s lackluster productivity, the crucial ingredient for sustained wage growth and better jobs.
“Achieving this will require cooperation between business, government and labour, and that must start with addressing the chronic labor shortages and lack of investment that are holding us back.
“Businesses are ready to work with the government to ensure Australians have access to the skills they need to get secure jobs and access jobs in new and emerging industries with better pay.
“It is also a chance to seize the opportunity and end the stalemate in workplace relations, restore the Hawke-Keating corporate bargaining system to increase productivity and allow Australians to win more.
“And we need a migration system that fills labor shortages across the economy with the right targeting and the right incentives.
“These are challenges for every section of the community, so we look forward to working with businesses of all sizes, governments, workers and community groups to position the nation for the future.
“Realizing our full potential and securing a secure economic future will mean regaining the unprecedented level of cooperation that got us through the pandemic. »