Policy report

Stuck in neutral: the policy architecture driving slow wage growth in Australia

Wages growth Wages Industrial relations Australia

Australian workers are enduring a sustained period of low wage growth, in both the private and public sectors, in all Australian jurisdictions.

Remedying sustained low wage growth requires substantial change in federal government policy. Yet the current Australian government continues to enact a suite of policies that have contributed to slow wage growth.

This report examines the features of that economic architecture, identifying seven policy positions and priorities that the federal government has pursued that are contributing to sustained low wage growth, and will continue to suppress wage growth if not addressed.

The report begins by describing trends in wage growth in Australia over the last 14 years. It then identifies the policy positions of the federal government since assuming office in 2013 that have contributed to slow wage growth.

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