Did labour market concentration lower wages growth pre-COVID?
Prior to COVID-19, wages growth in Australia was somewhat lower than was expected based on historical determinants. This paper examines concentration in Australian labour markets and its impacts on wages using a large and representative database derived from administrative tax data.
Australian jobs 2022
This publication provides an overview of trends in the Australian labour market to support job seekers, employment service providers, career practitioners, those considering future training and people interested in labour market issues.
Work and meaning in the age of AI
It is often said that work is not only a source of income, but also of meaning. In this paper, the author explores the theoretical and empirical literature that addresses the relationship between work and meaning. The author explores the challenge that the age of...
The future of work: designing for safety, wellbeing and the workplaces of tomorrow
The future of work is a context that is rapidly being shaped by powerful forces - the growing adoption of artificial intelligence in the workplace, the increasing casualisation of the workforce, and the decentralised nature of where and how work is being performed. This report...
Australia's future migration system
In response to the discussion paper for the federal government’s migration policy review released in November 2022, this paper outlines future trends that Australia’s migration system will confront, the principles that should guide the future system, and policy recommendations in line with these principles.
Getting better? Health and the labour market
This report looks specifically at health as a major determinant of the labour market, and one that needs to be better understood – particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Australia’s current, emerging and future workforce skills needs
This report shows that over the past year, the Australian labour market has tightened significantly. Five year employment projections indicate that jobs growth is expected to be highest across service industries, and in jobs requiring higher level qualifications.
Wages growth in Australia: evidence and policy evaluation
This paper reviews the evidence regarding wages growth in Australia since the 2008 financial crisis and discusses what it means for policy. This includes the pros and cons of new policy measures, such as a return to multi-employer bargaining and a boost to planned permanent...
Theft by any other name: unsatisfactory working hours and unpaid overtime - 2022 update
This report outlines key challenges in organising working time in Australia’s current labour market. These include insecure, non-standard working arrangements; limited ability for workers to achieve optimal working hours; and the scale and cost of unpaid overtime.
Care workforce labour market study: final report
This study comes against a backdrop of a rapid rise in the number of care and support workers in recent years and represents the first, whole-of-sector examination of the care and support workforce. It considers the needs of the workforce, in relation to aged, disability...
Upskilling and expanding the Australian cyber security workforce
This report tracks and analyses the emerging cyber security needs of Australian firms, paying particular attention to the skills and capabilities of the workers already employed in this crucial sector, and the increasing demand for their work.
Climate impacts at work: supporting a climate ready workforce
All workers and all industries need to be supported to adapt to climate change. Serious impacts are evident now and are escalating rapidly. This report presents the first worker-centric analysis of climate change impacts.
Bridging the gap: population, skills and labour market adjustment in WA
This report report takes a rigorous look at skills shortages and labour market dynamics in the Western Australian labour market and provides a fresh conceptual look at what skills shortages are, new empirical evidence on how they arise, as well as potential responses by government...
Labour market policies for inclusiveness: a literature review with a gap analysis
This paper reviews the role of specific fiscal spending and transfer programmes in shaping labour market dynamics by disentangling different macroeconomic and microeconomic mechanisms.
Jobs and Skills Summit: outcomes
The Jobs and Skills Summit brought Australians together to work constructively on the challenges and opportunities facing the Australian labour market and economy. A major objective emerging from the summit was the promotion of full employment and growing productivity for the benefit of all Australians.
Women in work: a story of exclusion
This report seeks to analyse and identify the population cohorts that have been excluded from the Australian labour market, finding that equal opportunities and gender equality must be achieved to unlock a cohort of older female workers currently excluded from the workforce.
Think big: a new mission statement for Australia
In this keynote address to the 2022 Skills and Jobs Summit, Grattan Institute CEO, Danielle Wood, urges Australia’s leaders to forge a plan for full employment and higher productivity.
Jobs and Skills Summit: unlocking skilled migration
Ahead of the federal government’s Jobs and Skills Summit, CEDA is calling for immediate reforms to the migration system. This discussion paper outlines proposed improvements to the skilled migration system in the immediate term, complemented by substantial reform in the longer term.
Eight opportunities to increase the potential of humanitarian migration to Australia
This document provides key messaging for participants at the 2022 Jobs and Skills Summit on how refugee and humanitarian entrants can and do contribute to meeting Australia’s current and future challenges.
Restoring full employment: policies for the Jobs and Skills Summit
ACOSS has released its proposals to restore full employment in Australia for this week’s Jobs and Skills Summit, including a bold plan to reform employment assistance for people unemployed long-term.
Better harnessing Australia’s talent: five facts for the summit
The e61 Institute has published this research to help guide policy-makers and stakeholders at the upcoming Jobs and Skills Summit being held in Canberra on 1-2 September 2022. The research identifies five key facts using detailed analysis of firm-level and worker-level data.
Addressing skills shortages and getting our skills mix right over the long-term
In this policy paper, released ahead of the Jobs and Skills Summit, the Business Council of Australia argues for need to make sure students leave school with strong foundation skills, a clear path and a comprehensive snapshot of their abilities and capabilities, not just a...
Jobs and Skills Summit: issues paper
The Jobs and Skills Summit will bring together unions, employers, civil society and government, to discuss Australia's shared economic challenges and propose both immediate and long-term solutions. This issues paper outlines Australia's current labour market challenges.
An economy that works for people
Full and secure employment should be the top macroeconomic goal of the Albanese Government, according to the ACTU in this paper released ahead of the Jobs Summit in early September.
Getting to 1.2 million: our roadmap to create a thriving Australian tech workforce
This strategy document sets out Australia’s tech jobs opportunity, the barriers the nation faces to meet this opportunity, and what industry and government can do to reduce these barriers.