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Report

Skills urgency: transforming Australia's workplaces

This report is intended to be a thought starter for encouraging bigger change around skills in Australia. It aims to stimulate discussion around a number of key considerations intended to contribute to further debate and action on this critical economic driver.
Working paper

Opportunity costs of unpaid caregiving: evidence from panel time diaries

In this paper, the authors examine the association between unpaid caregiving by older Americans and time allocated to labor supply, home production, leisure and personal care.
Report

Governance of the Seasonal Worker Programme in Australia and sending countries

From a slow start in 2008, Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) has become a growing source of employment in the Pacific, and an important part of the seasonal workforce for Australian farmers. This report recommends ways to improve SWP governance, both in Australia and in...
Briefing paper

Building a post-Brexit immigration system for the economic recovery

This report meets IPPR’s educational objective by informing the public on the United Kingdom’s future immigration system and its implications. The report also contributes to their objective of relieving poverty and unemployment by setting out recommendations for how the immigration system can support the economic...
Working paper

Does the early release of retirement savings prolong labour market participation for workers approaching retirement? Evidence from Australia's 'Transition to Retirement Income Streams' program

The Transition to Retirement Income Streams (TRIS) program is a novel approach to incentivise the labour supply of older workers. This paper considers the effect of the program in the context of a life cycle model and empirically examines the effects on labour supply and...
Report

Interim report of the Inquiry into the Working Holiday Maker Program

The Joint Committee on Migration has decided to produce this interim report for the inquiry into the Working Holiday Maker Program because of the urgent need to address the substantial labour shortages Australia’s agricultural and horticultural industry is facing for the upcoming harvest season.
Case study

FEATuring YOU: a soft skills training and assessment program for Opportunity Youth

Ithaka S+R, an independent nonprofit research group, conducted this case study of FEATuring YOU, to document the development and implementation of the program, understand its value-added and potential for impact in the field, and make recommendations for future developments.
Report

Clean energy at work

This report highlights the results of the largest study of current and projected employment in the renewable energy industry in Australia, which has boomed in recent years. With this expansion, the industry has reported skills shortages, but found a lack of data an impediment to...
Working paper

Understanding the rising trend in female labour force participation

Female labour force participation has increased tremendously since World War II in developed countries. The key contribution of this paper is to provide separate and internally consistent estimates of the role of tax and transfer policy reforms, wage growth, population changes and changes in labour...
Report

Understanding the Australian vocational education and training workforce

This report provides estimates of the size and nature of the Australian vocational education and training workforce. Data was collected through the 2019 National VET Workforce survey from registered training organisations (RTOs).