Labour market

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Report

Advice on contractors in the Fair Pay Agreements system

This document provides advice on the best way to ‘future proof’ the Fair Pay Agreements (FPA) system so contractors can be included at a later date.
Briefing paper

An emerging opportunity for recovery: "modern markets for all"

This policy brief discusses how to make labour markets more equitable through a collaborative effort between government agencies and tech companies to maximise growth, opportunity and inclusion.
Discussion paper

Care workforce labour market study: discussion paper

In March 2021, the National Skills Commissioner, Adam Boyton, was tasked by the Australian Prime Minister to undertake an in-depth study on the factors affecting the supply and demand of care workers. The discussion paper outlines the scope and focus of the study, including existing...
Report

The stock of qualifications in Australia

This research project estimates and describes the stock of qualifications in the Australian economy using data from the 2018—19 Qualifications and Work survey, compiled by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Report

Rethinking permanent skilled migration after the pandemic

Before COVID-19, Australia was one of the world’s most open countries for migration. However, recent travel restrictions have brought migration to a standstill. This report shows how Australia’s permanent skilled migration program should change when borders are reopened.
Report

Skills training that works: lessons from demand-driven approaches

This study draws upon over 30 years of evidence from a range of countries to identify what approaches to skills development training are most effective and provides policy recommendations to lay the groundwork for replicating these models in Canada.
Briefing paper

Budget analysis 2021-22: heroic assumptions and half measures

This briefing paper reviews the main features of the Australian federal budget 2021/22 from the perspective of workers and labour markets. In particular, it considers in detail a major flaw in the overall macroeconomic logic underpinning the budget.
Working paper

Australian labour force participation: historical trends and future prospects

This paper outlines trends in labour force participation rates over recent decades that can be explained by a model with identified age and cohort effects, and a limited number of other covariates. This paper represents a first attempt at using this type of empirical life-cycle...
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.
Report

Things you can’t drop on your feet: an overview of Australia’s services sector productivity

Australia’s economy, like that of almost all other rich countries, is increasingly dominated by its service sector. This paper sheds light on the evolution of the services sector in Australia, busts some common misconceptions about services, and highlights the challenges associated with services productivity measurement...