Society for Knowledge Economics (SKE)

GAP was instrumental in the creation of the Society for Knowledge Economics - a professional body with a national charter to address Australia's critical need to develop more innovative, fulfilling and high performing workplaces.

The Society for Knowledge Economics (SKE) was established in November 2005 following the historic signing of the 'Melbourne Protocol' at the GAP Conference on Knowledge Capital in Parliament House Victoria. Over a hundred stakeholders signed the document which "committed to advancing national and organisational productivity and performance through the better management of knowledge and innovation". Distinguished signatories included the then Victorian Premier John Brumby and Federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson.

SKE was initiated by the Australian Government Consultative Committee on Knowledge Capital (AGCCKC) - a permanent body chaired by Peter Fritz AM and facilitated by Global Access Partners.

Alongside the AGCCKC, co-founding partners of SKE are Microsoft and Westpac, their collective contribution has well exceeded two million dollars in cash and kind since 2005.

SKE paying members also include CPA Australia, KPMG, Hewlett Packard, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, UNSW (Australian School of Business), University of Technology, Sydney and Australian National University (H.C. Coombs policy forum).

Since 2009, SKE has worked closely with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations on forums, consultations and research regarding high-performing workplaces. This work culminated in the recent announcement by the Hon. Bill Shorten, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, of the establishment of a Centre for Workplace Leadership

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," said Minister Shorten in his press release.

In collaboration with industry, the Australian Government is providing $12 million over four years for the establishment of the Centre.


Current projects

:: Australian e-Conservatorium of Music

:: GAP Taskforce on Government Health Procurement