The Asialink Taskforce for an Asia Capable Workforce

The Asialink Taskforce has set out a national strategy to urgently develop an Asia capable workforce in Australia and capitalise on the Asian opportunity. Although this strategy is business-led, the benefits of its implementation will accrue to the whole of Australian society if all stakeholders work together. The Taskforce calls on business, government and the education sector to cooperate to realise the objectives described in this strategy.

The Taskforce is committed to exploring opportunities to implement this strategy and deliver improved workforce productivity through enhanced Asia capabilities.    

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Asialink is ahead of the game. This organisation is more than twenty years old. The Asia Capable Workforce Strategy is a clear sign of its maturity and its enduring – indeed, expanding – relevance. Dr. Ken Henry, 6 September 2012

Media Enquiries
Please direct all media enquiries to:
Elise Mallory – Media & Communications Officer, Asialink via e-mail or call +61 3 9035 8523

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The Asialink Taskforce

Asialink has assembled 13 of Australia's pre-eminent business leaders to drive the development of a National Strategy. This Strategy aims to equip the Australian workforce with the critical capabilities required to capture the opportunities of the Asian Century.

The National Strategy:

  • Makes the case for developing an Asia capable Australian workforce
  • Identifies the individual and organisational capabilities most critical to business success in and with Asia
  • Outlines effective strategies business can implement to improve these Asia capabilities within their organisation
  • Describes the role for governments and educational institutions   

Mike Smith
Mike Smith
- Chair

"The opportunity is not just about miners and farmers. It's about using the premier position Australia has to connect with Asian demand in sciences; in supplying the commodity and agricultural sectors; in the related services sectors; and in education."
Mike Smith

Jason Chang
Jason Chang

Managing Director and CEO
EMR Capital

Glyn Davis Glyn Davis
Universities Australia

Mark Johnson Mark Johnson
Senior Advisor
Gresham Investment House

Jenny McGregor Jenny McGregor

Andrew Michelmore Andrew Michelmore

Sid Myer Sid Myer

Paul O'Sullivan Paul O'Sullivan
CEO, Group Consumer
Singtel Optus Pty Ltd

Doug Ritchie Doug Ritchie
Chief Executive, Energy
Rio Tinto

Hamish Tyrwhitt Hamish Tyrwhitt
Leighton Holdings

Jennifer Westacott Jennifer Westacott
Business Council of Australia

Ines Willox
Innes Willox

Australian Industry Group

Mike Wilkins
Mike Wilkins



 Developing an Asia Capable Workfoce: A National Strategy Launch

Above: View photo slideshow (left) and highlights video (right) from the strategy launch on 6 September 2012.    

Media Coverage (2012)

October Editor's Note, Narelle Hooper, Boss Magazine. Features mention of the Asialink Taskforce.
13 October Domestic reform holds the key to the Asian Century, Peter Cai, The Age
17 September Baillieu seeks a Chinese fortune, Jackson Hewett, Business Spectator
12 September Universities face Asia revolution, Bernard Lane, The Australian
12 September Time to put in hard yards for China, Tony Shepherd, Financial Review
11 September Taskforce facilitates move into Asian century, Opinion piece by Sid Myer, The Australian
7 September Asia offers us more than coal and iron ore sales - if we know how, Editorial, Sydney Morning Herald
7 September Seize the day in Asia: IAG chief, Ruth Liaw, Financial Review
7 September Think tank pushes strong case for building Asia-savvy workforce, Glenda Korporaal, The Australian
7 September The four keys to an Asia-capable workforce, Excerpt from speech by Mike Smith, Financial Review
7 September Australia could miss out on Asia boom: ANZ chief, Australian Banking and Finance
7 September Students the key to opening doors in China says HSBC, Glenda Korporaal, The Australian
7 September Get over antagonism to offshoring: Henry, Bernard Lane, The Australian
7 September ANZ boss urges fast action on Asia boom, Scott Murdoch, The Australian
7 September Developing an Asia Capable Workforce, Strategy downloadable on
7 September Business told to promote Asia literacy, Greg Earl, Financial Review
7 September We are not ready for Asia, says banker, Peter Cai, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald
6 September Call to boost business links with Asia, Bianca Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
6 September Grabs of Ken Henry speech at Taskforce launch, Sky News (2pm AEST)
6 September Grabs of Mike Smith speech at Taskforce launch, ABC News 24 (2pm AEST)
6 September Asia skills could deliver $275bn boost: report, Staff writers, Financial Review
6 September Boosting skills with Asia could be economic boon: Study, Business Spectator
6 September Asia boom may be passing us by, says ANZ CEO Mike Smith, Scott Murdoch, The Australian
6 September Interview with Jason Chang, Asialink Taskforce Member, ABC Midday report (12pm AEST)
11 August Asia's the place to be, says ANZ chief Mike Smith, Rowan Callick, The Australian