Job loss


Policy report

Net zero emissions will divide Australians

This report analyses the impact that a net zero emissions target could have on jobs across federal electorates in the eastern states.
Briefing paper

Shock troops of the pandemic: casual and insecure work in COVID and beyond

The research outlined in this briefing paper confirms that Australian workers in casual and insecure jobs have borne the lion’s share of job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic – both the first lockdowns in 2020, and the more recent second wave of closures.
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.
Working paper

Involuntary job loss: welfare effects, earnings impacts and policy options

In this paper, the authors explain how displacement harms workers’ mental health and economic security in the short term and negatively affects their earnings and mortality risk in the long term.
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...

Value for money in the delivery of Official Development Assistance through facility arrangements

The objective of this audit was to examine the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT’s) achievement of value for money objectives in the delivery of Official Development Assistance (aid) through facility arrangements.
Briefing paper

Potential job losses in the COVID-19 pandemic

This research brief looks at potential job losses in the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on which workers will be immediately impacted, national and state job losses, industry breakdowns and the potential unemployment rate.
Working paper

Behind the headline number: why not to rely on Frey and Osborne’s predictions of potential job loss from automation

In 2013, Oxford's University's Carl Benedict Frey and Michael Osborne predicted that 47% of jobs in the United States were at “high risk” of automation over the next 10 to 20 years. The authors of this paper argue that these predictions are not reliable and...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Will removing poker machines from Tasmanian pubs and clubs cost thousands of jobs?

Liberal Treasurer Peter Gutwein claims the impact of taking poker machines out of pubs and clubs would cost thousands of jobs.
Working paper

The longer term impacts of job displacement on labour market outcomes

This paper analyses the longer term impacts of involuntary job loss of workers subsequent employment, earnings, and income support in New Zealand.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Does the China Free Trade Agreement threaten Australian jobs?

Unions claim the free trade agreement between Australia and China "allows Chinese companies to bring in their own workforce for projects over $150 million and removes the requirement that jobs be offered to local workers first".

A family affair: job loss and the mental health of spouses and adolescents

This report examines the impact of involuntary job loss on the mental health of family members.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Bill Shorten cherrypicking manufacturing job loss figures

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten claims a thousand manufacturing jobs have been lost every month the Abbott Government's been in power.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: CSIRO job cuts: Greens MP Adam Bandt turns to spin

Greens MP Adam Bandt claims a recruitment freeze at the CSIRO is part of the Abbott Government's anti-science bias and that a quarter of jobs could be lost within a year.