27 September 2023

Research to determine workplace of the future

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The Department of Customer Service’s Centre for Work Health and Safety has selected four research partners to explore emerging risks in health and safety that will lead to the workplace issues of the future.

The Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson said the researchers would be allocated $660,000 to conduct the projects.

“The future of work will be vastly different from today’s landscape, and we want to be ready to adapt so that we can continue to protect our workforce,” Mr Anderson said.

“Out of 58 applicants, proposals from Edith Cowan University, University of Adelaide, Charles Sturt University and PhD student Reverend Mark Layson have been selected as winners,” he said.

“The four areas we’ve chosen are incredibly important and have the potential to transform the workplace and make it healthier, safer and more sustainable for everyone.”

Mr Anderson said the research projects would focus on the psychosocial risks of flexible, remote and telecommuting work arrangements; the ethical deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the workplace; identifying and reducing the psychological barriers to accepting advice from ‘thinking machines’; and investigating how psychological injury can be reduced after workers have been exposed to traumatic events.

“The findings of these projects will help us to have the right conversations and develop the best policies to mitigate these risks both in the short and longer term,” he said.

“We anticipate some great outcomes from these projects and look forward to seeing how they support the NSW workforce for generations to come,” Mr Anderson said.

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