Research report

6 Dec 2017

This paper analyses the PNG economy by considering (1) macroeconomic stability; and (2) fiscal policy and debt.

From 2003 to 2015, Papua New Guinea experienced comparatively robust economic growth which underpinned increased formal sector employment and strong growth in government revenue. This performance was...

Blog post

5 Dec 2017

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released additional results from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing. This includes information about people who work: where they work; who they work for; what type of work they do; their hours of work; and how they...


22 Nov 2017

To investigate the prevalence of overwork and unpaid overtime, the Centre for Future Work commissioned a survey of over 1400 Australians on the incidence of overwork and Australian attitudes toward it. The results are surprising.

Highlights include:

There is...


20 Nov 2017

The independent modelling, commissioned by the Climate Council, confirms there will be significantly fewer jobs in the national electricity sector under the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), compared to Australia’s current projected energy employment levels in the sector.

This report shows that the NEG’s low-end...

Working paper

17 Nov 2017

Technology, globalisation, and digitalisation are having a tremendous impact on education, employment, family, and migration globally. Termed the ‘fourth industrial revolution’, the digital revolution consists of developments in information technologies combined with robotisation, automation of tasks, the internet of things, and a host of other...


9 Nov 2017

New Zealand’s unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent in the September 2017 quarter, its lowest unemployment rate since the December 2008 quarter (on a seasonally adjusted basis). There were 126,000 people unemployed in seasonally adjusted terms in the September quarter. Employment growth was higher than...

Research report

6 Nov 2017

The idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI), paid by the government to its citizens with few restrictions, has been around for a long time. One of the main justifications for introducing a UBI is the impending changes to the labour market as a result...


31 Oct 2017

Audit objective and criteria

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the transition of the Remote Jobs and Communities Program to the Community Development Programme including whether the Community Development Programme was well designed and administered effectively and efficiently....


26 Oct 2017

This publication presents information on employers’ use and views of the vocational education and training (VET) system. The findings relate to the various ways in which Australian employers use the VET system and unaccredited training to meet their skill needs, and their satisfaction with these...


19 Oct 2017

This report tells a story that will surprise many. They show a grave situation for people with barriers to work, despite one of the strongest periods of growth in full-time employment in Australia for some time. In our sample month of May 2017, there were...


17 Oct 2017

The Monthly Economic Review is an overview of the New Zealand economy. It includes the latest data on New Zealand’s economic growth, unemployment, inflation, merchandise trade and balance of payments figures, along with certain financial data (such as the Reserve Bank’s official cash rate). The...

Discussion paper

11 Oct 2017

This paper sets out the vision the Business Council of Australia has of creating a culture of lifelong learning and building a universal education system for Australians across schools, vocational education and training (VET), and higher education (HE).

The Business Council aspires to a...


9 Oct 2017

The Professional Engineers Employment and Remuneration Report published by Professionals Australia is the most comprehensive, up-to-date guide of Engineer remuneration available in Australia.

This is a valuable document to have on-hand to know how your salary and remuneration package stacks up against other professional...


4 Oct 2017

On 19 June 2017, the Senate referred the following matter to the Education and Employment References Committee for inquiry and report by 16 October 2017:

(a) claims that many employees working for large employers receive lower penalty rates under their enterprise agreements on weekends...


28 Sep 2017

Recent debates about the future of jobs have mainly focused on whether or not they are at risk of automation (Arntz et. al., 2016; Frey and Osborne, 2017; McKinsey, 2017; PwC, 2017). Studies have generally minimised the potential effects of automation on job creation, and...



18 Sep 2017

While Tasmania’s unemployment rate sits at around the national average at 5.6% the survey results have revealed that underemployment is a critical issue for many Tasmanian workers.

The importance of underemployment is being increasingly recognised as a vital part of the unemployment picture, including...

Fact sheet

15 Sep 2017

Since the establishment of Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) in 2012, the number of workers from Vanuatu has increased significantly from 119 to 1533. It has been established that labour mobility improves livelihoods. This is evident throughout out villages and towns in Vanuatu, and is...

Discussion paper

12 Sep 2017

ParentsNext is a pre-employment program which connects parents of young children to services in their local community to help them plan and prepare for employment by the time their youngest child reaches school age. The program aims to reduce welfare dependency and child poverty, and...

Research report

31 Aug 2017

Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers is an employment program for asylum seekers with bridging visas living in Melbourne. Supported by a private philanthropist, the Brotherhood of St Laurence program aims to assist asylum seekers to get into (and stay in) the workforce. The program...

Research report

28 Aug 2017

Little data is available to the public on the clean-up from the mining boom. State government agencies often lack basic information on how many mines are in operation, with still less published on closures and abandonments.