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Fact sheet

19 Mar 2018

A new visa scheme to attract highly skilled global talent and deliver innovation to Australia will be piloted from 1 July of this year.

Blog post

8 Mar 2018

In March 2018, the 457 Visa will be formally abolished and replaced by the Temporary Skills Shortage visa. This FlagPost analyses one part of the visa in an attempt to understand how its credibility may have changed over time.


27 Feb 2018

This submission recommends that government create more flexible policy solutions that better suit the diversity found in remote Australia, while providing local people with genuine power to determine how policy works in their community.

Working paper

24 Jan 2018

This working paper presents three case examples demonstrating the potential for overseas migration to improve population growth, sustain a skilled labour pool, and grow the economy in northern and remote Australia.

Journal article

16 Jan 2018

Scholarly articles and the Australian media claim that 30–50% of Australian teachers leave teaching within their first five years in the role. In reality, there is no robust Australian evidence, and figures do not agree.

Discussion paper

14 Dec 2017

This report provides a summary overview of occupational skills information practices in selected countries and organisations, with the aim of highlighting the approaches adopted by each to the design, content, update and provision of skills information. In addition, it showcases good practice in ensuring such...

Blog post

5 Dec 2017

The Census provides a snapshot of employment at August 2016 based on where a person usually lives and, in this case, the electorate level data can assist in analysing variations in employment patterns for an electorate when compared to a larger region. Sub-regions within an...

Research report

4 Dec 2017

Long-term unemployment remains a threat for young Australians, but blaming them for this situation is not supported by the facts.


22 Nov 2017

This report examines the ongoing polarisation in Australian employment patterns, between those with full-time, relatively secure jobs, and a growing portion of people working part-time, casual, temporary, or insecure positions.

Research report

21 Nov 2017

Despite the prominence of migrant worker exploitation in the media, there has been limited empirical data on the overall nature and extent of wage theft among international students and backpackers in Australia. This study begins to fill these gaps.

Discussion paper

15 Nov 2017

This discussion paper draws on modelling by coal industry analysts, which shows that a big expansion of coal exports from the Galilee Basin would have a major impact on coal production from coal mines in the Bowen and Surat basins in southern Queensland.


19 Oct 2017

This report shines a spotlight on what the job market is really like for those facing the greatest barriers to work – people who may not have qualifications or experience to draw on, those trying to re-enter the workforce after a long break, or those...

Discussion paper

11 Oct 2017

This discussion paper outlines a new tertiary model that would enable workers to more easily retrain and reskill over the course of their working lives.

Research report

28 Sep 2017

This report highlights a range of potential changes to migration policy that would mean the system would better meet the needs of the South Australian economy and its businesses.


21 Aug 2017

The informal work practices of the so-called “gig” economy are widening existing cracks in Australia’s system of labour regulations, and should be repaired through active measures to strengthen labour standards in digital businesses.


14 Aug 2017

This report examines how foreign investment entering the Australian economy gives rise to a more advantageous set of employment outcomes.

Research report

14 Aug 2017

The phenomenon of the rapidly growing cohort of American men who are out of work is not unique to the United States. Australia, it seems, has its own silent crisis in male employment.


SPRC report 10/17 - Prepared for Health Services Union, Australian Services Union and United Voice
13 Jul 2017

This report examines the prospects for quality services and decent jobs under Australia's National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Research report

6 Jul 2017

This paper provides tables and charts for a broad range of social, demographic and economic indicators across all Australian states and territories, and compares these with Australian averages.