AuSI updates Australia Transformation Map

Friday 24 September 2021

In our first year, we were invited by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to co-curate the ‘Australia’ map as part of their ‘Mapping Global Transformations’ project.

Experts from leading global universities, think tanks and international organisations were invited to co-curate a range of global transformation maps to help make sense of the complex forces driving transformational change across economies, industries and global issues.

With 2020 being such a pivotal year globally, Professor Paul Pickering and Professor Mark Kenny were called upon again by the World Economic Forum, to update the map to reflect the key developments in Australia.

Working with the World Economic Forum earlier this year, Mark and Paul identified the following seven key issues as part of the ‘Australia’ Transformation map:

  • Australia’s ageing population: Australia is getting older, and its public health spending is on the rise
  • Australia’s Asian century: Australia has much to gain from deeper ties to its Asian neighbours
  • The cost of climate change in Australia: Australia has already suffered from devastating related impacts
  • Australia’s digital future: Australia is trying to tighten its embrace of emerging digital technologies
  • Indigenous peoples in Australia: The guardians of Australia’s oldest culture are still striving for equal rights
  • Australia’s multicultural identity: Though waves of immigration have been essential for progress, migrant and refugee levels are under pressure
  • The future of democracy in Australia: Many fear political and social unrest is creating a more illiberal country


We are proud to contribute to this important global project and to help others understand Australia’s place in the world.

Visit the World Economic Forum: Strategic Intelligence or find out what 'Transformation Maps' are and how to use them.

Updated:  27 September 2021/Responsible Officer:  Institute Manager/Page Contact:  Institute Manager