Work Futures Competition

What does 'the future of work' mean to you?

Share your thoughts for the chance to win!

Work as we know it, the nine-to-five, standard form of employment with fair working conditions, has become the exception rather than the norm. In its place, precarious and uncertain work has emerged as technologies like artificial intelligence, automation and the digital platform economy are displacing workers, disrupting workplaces, and irrevocably changing peoples’ working lives. But the future of work also presents incredible opportunities; for young people to have their voices heard, for new forms of collective action, and to eliminate the worst jobs. We can all play a role in shaping the ‘future of work’ we want to see.

We want to hear YOUR voice!

What does the future of work mean to you?

What is your experience of work, and the future of work?

What should the future of work be?

Competition Details:

Submit a piece of writing (500 words or less), a visual based artwork or a video (3 minutes or less) on the theme: “The Future of Work is…”

A panel of judges will select entries to be featured as part of the launch of the Work Futures Hallmark Research Initiative at the University of Melbourne in 2023.

JB HIFI vouchers will be awarded to the best entries:

  • 1st prize - $250
  • 2nd prize -$100
  • 3rd prize - $50

Email your entry to by 30 October 2022.

Terms and conditions:

  • The promoter of this competition is the University of Melbourne ABN 84 002 705 224 0 of Victoria 3010.
  • Information on how to enter forms part of these Terms and Conditions. By entering, entrants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions, and entries must comply with these Terms and Conditions to be valid.
  • This competition is governed by the laws in force in the state of Victoria, Australia
  • The competition: The competition is free to enter and is open to University of Melbourne staff, students (including graduate students), alumni and the general public in Australia.
  • Competition period: The competition period is from 30 September 2022 to 30 October 2022.
  • Prizes: The winning piece will receive a voucher of $250 to spend at JB Hi-fi. The runner-up will receive a voucher of $100 to spend at JB Hi-fi. The second runner-up will receive a voucher of $50 to spend at JB Hi-fi. The total prize value is $400.
  • How to enter: Entries can be written (in doc/docx/txt/rtf format), images or visual based artwork (in JPEG/PNG format), or a video (in MPEG4 format). Written entries should be no more than 500 words. Video entries should not exceed 3 minutes. Images and visual based artwork may be accompanied by an explanatory caption (maximum 100 words). If the file exceeds the maximum mail file size, a link to the submission may be submitted via email. Only one entry per person is permitted. Entries should be submitted via email to
  • Selection and notification of winner: The winner and runners-up will be selected by judging panel made up of University of Melbourne staff and alumni. The judging panel will assess contributions based originality, creativity and adherence to the brief. The winner and runners-up will be notified by email.
  • As a contributor, you (the Author/Artist) are granting the University of Melbourne (through the Work Futures Hallmark Research Initiative), Victoria, Australia (the Publisher) the right to produce, publish, and communicate the Work.
  • If requested, the Contributor will send the Editors an author/artist bio along with a signed Letter of Agreement.
  • The Contributor may republish the Work on any social media, websites, printed or digital publications, so long as it is accompanied by a statement declaring that it was originally published by the Work Futures Hallmark Research Initiative.
  • The Contributor warrants that the Work is the original work of the Contributor; they are the sole proprietor of the Work; that it does not infringe any existing copyright; and that to the best of their knowledge, it contains no defamatory or other unlawful matter. The Contributor hereby indemnifies the Editors and the Publisher against any loss, claim or recovery, finally sustained in any proceedings brought against the Editors and the Publisher, including any legal expenses properly incurred, arising from any breach of this warranty. If third-party copyright material, including illustrations and graphic material, is included in the Work, the Contributor hereby confirms that permission for its use has been received from the original copyright holder, or that the use constitutes “fair dealing” as defined in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and that it is properly attributed.
  • By entering, you consent to your submission being used for advertising; marketing or promotional/commercial material. The submissions may be used in websites, publications and other digital or print formats and may be provided to third parties for the promotion of the University.
  • Prizes are not transferable and are not redeemable for cash. The University's decision is final and binding – no correspondence will be entered in to. The University accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected entries or other communications. Entries will be deemed void if forged, manipulated or tampered with in any way.
  • Privacy collection, use and disclosure statement: Personal information provided to the University of Melbourne by entrants will be used to notify the winners of the competition and those selected for publication. The University of Melbourne complies with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic.) in its treatment of personal information. Entrants have a right to access their personal information held by the University. Requests for access to personal information are managed under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic). The University’s information privacy policy may be viewed at: or by contacting the Privacy Officer at