MINISTER for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten hosted the inaugural meeting of the Advisory Group for the Centre for Workplace Leadership in Melbourne on December 3.

In October 2012 Minister Shorten announced funding of $12 million over four years for the establishment of the new centre.

“Ensuring that Australian jobs and workplaces of the 2020s and 2030s continue to lift productivity and lead innovatively is a key priority for the Gillard Government,” Mr Shorten said.

“The Advisory Group (has) met for the first time, bringing together key leaders of industry and government, the union movement and academia to work collaboratively towards enhancing management and leadership capability in Australian workplaces, including small and medium enterprises.

“I am pleased to announce today that an open selection process for a provider for the Centre is expected to commence in mid-December 2012.

“In collaboration with industry, the centre will encourage higher performing, innovative workplaces and stronger leadership capability in Australian workplaces, to boost productivity and ensure Australian workers truly have quality jobs. Engaging younger people in workplace leadership is a particular priority.”

The members of the Advisory Group are:

  • Mr Richard Goyder – Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Wesfarmers Limited
  • Mr John Borghetti – Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Australia Holdings
  • Ms Ged Kearney – President, Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • Ms Catriona Noble – Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, McDonald’s Australia
  • Mr Bill Kelty AC – Company Director (and former ACTU Secretary)
  • Professor Amanda Sinclair – Foundation Professor Management Diversity & Change, Melbourne Business School
  • Ms Pip Marlow – Managing Director, Microsoft Australia
  • Mr Ray Horsburgh AM – Chairman, TOLL Holdings Limited
  • Ms Lisa Paul AO PSM – Secretary, Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
  • Mr Lindsay Fox AC – Founder, LinFox