Unemployment



Survey

Voices 2: results of a survey of people who used Jobactive 2022

This report is based on a second survey of users of Jobactive employment services, the first of which was published in 2018. The title of this report reflects ACOSS’s commitment to amplifying people’s experiences of employment services.
Report

Working together: the case for universal employment support

This report examines employment support services in the United Kingdom which help people find work. It recommends introducing a new system, the Universal Work Service, which would offer integrated employment support, skills and careers advice services.
Data portal

Visualising NSW electorates: JobSeeker recipients (Dec 2021)

The graphs, map and table in this resource show JobSeeker recipient (total JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance (Other)) numbers for NSW, and estimates for all 93 NSW electorates (2013 Redistribution).
Discussion paper

A New Zealand income insurance scheme: a discussion document

This discussion document proposes a new way of protecting workers and the economy - a New Zealand income insurance scheme.
Discussion paper

Unemployment insurance: a recipe for more unemployment?

This document considers some of the costs and benefits of introducing unemployment insurance (UI) to New Zealand. Common features of UI schemes and how they differ across countries are also examined.
Briefing paper

An avoidable catastrophe: pandemic job losses in higher education and their consequences

Eighteen months after Australia's borders were first closed, things are getting worse for universities, not better. This research confirms that tertiary education has been hit by bigger job losses this year than any other non-agricultural sector in the economy.
Data portal

JobSeeker recipients by NSW electorate (Jul 2021)

The NSW Parliamentary Research Service has published this set of interactive tables and graphs showing July 2021 JobSeeker data for NSW and all 93 NSW electorates.
Data portal

Visualising NSW Electorates: JobSeeker recipients (Jun 2021)

This interactive map shows the number of JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance (Other) recipients for June 2021, and the change since June 2020.
Submission

Submission by the Whitlam Institute for the Inquiry into the purpose, intent and adequacy of the Disability Support Pension

This submission is based on evidence collected as part of the E. G. Whitlam Fellowship, undertaken by Louise St Guillaume, and presented to the Inquiry into the Adequacy of Newstart Allowance in 2019.
Report

Refugee employment experience: struggles, strategies and solutions

This report investigates the struggles and challenges refugees face in finding work in Australia. The aim of the report is to highlight the refugee perspective on working and looking for work by listening to what refugees themselves say about their job seeking efforts and their...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Scott Morrison says the unemployment benefit is at the same level that prevailed during the Howard era. Is he correct?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed that a $50 fortnightly increase to the unemployment benefit would take the payment, when expressed as a proportion of the minimum wage, back to where it sat during the period of the Howard Government. He said this would bring the...
Briefing paper

2021 Federal Budget: CSI budget response

The Centre for Social Impacts' response to the 2021 Federal Budget discusses how the key changes presented are likely to have an impact, both positive and negative, on different social issues around Australia.
Report

What happened to people who left the benefit system during the year ended 30 June 2019

This report examines employment and other outcomes for people in the 12 months after they stopped receiving social welfare income support.
Discussion paper

Opportunity lost: half a million Australians in poverty without the coronavirus supplement

This paper argues that Australia has the means to ensure that those who find themselves unemployed are not forced into poverty. The rate of Jobseeker should be set at a rate that guarantees that no Australian, and especially no child, lives in poverty.
Report

Social security and time use during COVID-19

This study used an online survey to examine how people receiving social security payments used the $550 Coronavirus Supplement (‘the Supplement’) and their time as a result of the temporary suspension of mutual obligations. The research indicates a substantial gap between Australian Government policy, policy...
Data portal

Visualising NSW electorates: JobSeeker recipients (Dec 2020)

The NSW Parliamentary Research Service has published this interactive map showing JobSeeker recipient estimates for all 93 NSW electorates.
Report

Unemployment payments and work incentives: an international comparison

The Morisson Government has argued that Australia’s internationally low unemployment payments are needed, in part as an incentive to encourage the unemployed to look for and accept work. This report tests the government’s theory by comparing Australia’s unemployment payments and unemployment rate (pre-COVID) to that...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Josh Frydenberg says welfare dependency was at a 30-year low heading into the pandemic. Is that correct?

The Coalition Government has reassured Australians that the nation is well placed to emerge strongly from the coronavirus crisis in large part because of its handling of the economy in the years leading up to the pandemic. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg recently pointed to the Government's...
Briefing paper

When the going gets tough ... the gas industry sacks workers

The analysis in this report estimates that the oil and gas industry cut around 10 percent of its workforce in the 12 months to December last year. Despite this, the Australian Government is continuing to hand out large taxpayer subsidies to the industry as part...
Report

Adjusting to job loss when times are tough

This study documents the use of four adjustment strategies by Canadian workers permanently laid off in 2009. The authors examine whether the adoption of strategies varied according to workers’ characteristics and their employment status a year after job loss, and to what extent it differed...