Briefing paper

At what cost? Getting back to Jobactive

This briefing provides an update on Per Capita's earlier estimates of the cost of Jobactive, given the significant increase in the number of unemployed people needing assistance, and reflects on how the system has adapted so far to the unforeseen surge in case numbers.
Policy report

Culture shock: COVID-19 and the cultural and creative sectors

Cultural and creative sectors are important in their own right in terms of their economic footprint and employment. They also spur innovation across the economy, as well as contribute to numerous other channels for positive social impact. However they are among the hardest hit by...
Working paper

The effect of job search requirements on welfare receipt

This paper highlights clear evidence from the Australian welfare policy reform that the imposition of job search requirements on benefit recipients results in substantially lower benefit receipt.
Report

Rescue and recovery: COVID-19, jobs and income security

The main conclusion of this paper is that as a result of the huge uncertainties facing any government operating in this pandemic, policymakers must be ready to act or change course, depending on economic and public health developments. It is clear the government response to...
Report

Literature scan on the economic effects of social protection expenditure

The purpose of this literature scan is to provide theoretical and evidential insights to a coalition (‘Coalition’) of non-government organisations (NGOs) with an interest in poverty into the microeconomic and long term macroeconomic growth effects of increases in social protection expenditure.
Journal article

Beyond policies and social washing: how social procurement unfolds in practice

An important feature of social procurement used to mitigate issues with social exclusion is employment requirements, which aim to create internships for unemployed marginalized people. Findings show that practitioners must handle the tension between old and new practices, and strike a balance between fulfilling formal...
Briefing paper

COVID-19 and humanitarian migrants on temporary visas: assessing the public costs

This paper examines how unemployment and income loss for temporary humanitarian visa holders impacts on their health and well-being, and projects some of the subsequent fiscal implications for State and Territory governments.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Does being unemployed for a year nearly halve your chances of ever working again?

CEO of the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), Cassandra Goldie, claimed that people unemployed for more than a year are roughly half as likely to ever find another job, and that this was the experience after the 2008-09 global financial crisis. Dr Goldie’s claim...
Discussion paper

JobKeeper: eligible vs ineligible workers

This discussion paper outlines how the JobKeeper scheme is encouraging businesses to dismiss ineligible employees, meaning casuals employed for less than a year and non-resident workers have been disproportionately affected by job losses in recent months.
Report

Guaranteeing the right start

There is a strong case for bold policy interventions to prevent youth unemployment. This report argues for the government to ‘aim higher’ in its response to the coming unemployment crisis.