Labour force


Conference paper

Regional resilience and the State - the case of Geelong, Victoria, 1990-2020

This paper argues that there have basically been massive continuities rather than a sudden step up in State intervention as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is illustrated by examining one regional city in Australia – Geelong in Victoria – which has successfully moved...

Third interim report: labour hire and contracting

This report, from the Senate Select Committee on Job Security, examines the labour hire and contracting system in Australia.
Data portal

Visualising NSW Electorates: JobSeeker recipients (Jun 2021)

This interactive map shows the number of JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance (Other) recipients for June 2021, and the change since June 2020.
Data portal

Visualising NSW electorates: JobSeeker recipients (Dec 2020)

The NSW Parliamentary Research Service has published this interactive map showing JobSeeker recipient estimates for all 93 NSW electorates.

How we worked

Many changes have occurred in Australia since the establishment of the Australian Institute of Family Studies in 1980. This snapshot outlines some of the changes over the last four decades in when, how and where we work.

Wage-cutting strategies in the mining industry: the cost to workers and communities

Ausralia’s resource sector historically delivers good paying jobs to workers in regional and rural Australia. But increasingly, these jobs are being casualised, and in many cases replaced with contractual labour, procured through labour-hire. This report explores the broader economic impact of these wage-cutting strategies that...
Briefing paper

Regional NSW: a demographic and economic snapshot

This briefing paper presents a snapshot of regional NSW's demographic, economic and labour force characteristics.

Race inequality in the workforce: exploring connections between work, ethnicity and mental health

In the midst of political, social, demographic and technological changes taking place in the UK, the world of work is rapidly evolving. This report reveals persistent issues around the relationships between employment, ethnicity and mental health, and underlines that there are enduring inequalities in the...
Working paper

Factors associated with prime-age Indigenous labour force participation

The labour force participation of prime-age people is of particular economic and policy importance. This study advances previous research into the labour force participation of prime-age Indigenous people in several ways.

Labor force nonparticipation: trends, causes, and policy solutions

For more than a decade, the Hamilton Project has offered evidence-based policy proposals on a variety of topics that often have important implications for labor force participation. This paper discusses these proposals as they relate to the goal of increasing participation, with a special focus...
Working paper

Flexible pensions and labor force withdrawal

This paper studies the effect on the labor supply decisions of senior workers of reducing the eligibility age of retirement combined with actuarial neutrality, based on one particular group of private sector workers.
Blog post

What can HILDA tell you about Australia?

The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey is a nationally representative longitudinal study of Australian households funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and managed by the Melbourne Institute at the University of Melbourne.

Youth unemployment in western Sydney

How often need we re-discover the power of education and training in addressing youth unemployment and disengagement?

Army’s workforce management

Audit objective and criteria The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of Army’s workforce management. To form a conclusion against the audit objective, the ANAO adopted the following high-level criteria: Army has an effective workforce planning framework; and Army has managed its employment categories...

Victorian inquiry into the labour hire industry and insecure work: final report

The Inquiry has recommended that a licensing scheme be set up to regulate labour hire operators. The report also called on the Victorian Government to advocate for a national licensing scheme for labour hire operators, through the Council of Australian Governments. The Victorian Government has...

Innovation or exploitation - busting the Airtasker myth

The Unions NSW report provides a case study of Airtasker, looking specifically at the industrial implications for workers. Airtasker is the leading provider of online facilitated task-based work, and is representative of the industrial risks associated with the disintegration of traditional jobs into short term...

Human rights in the supply chains of Australian businesses: opportunities for legislative reform

This paper reflects on legislative measures that address human rights issues in global supply chains and argues that the Australian government and companies should learn from measures taken in other jurisdictions in the face of urgent human rights abuses.
Discussion paper

Your right to work: the employment policy of a truly Liberal government

In September 2015, Malcolm Turnbull was elected leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party, thereby becoming Australia’s twenty-ninth Prime Minister. In his first press conference as Prime Minister, Mr Turnbull pledged that ‘this will be a thoroughly Liberal Government. It will be a thoroughly Liberal Government...

Addressing western Sydney's jobs slide

There are many reasons to be concerned about the growing and, now, long-term problem of jobs in Western Sydney. First there is the simple problem of insufficient jobs for its resident workers. Then there is the problem of jobs location. Overlaying both these concerns is...

The urge to merge: notes on a decision making framework for union consolidation

Throughout the developed world, there has been a trend over recent decades towards union consolidation. In rare cases, as in Australia in the early 90’s, this was a conscious movement-wide strategy, supported by legislation and even government funding. There were nearly 200 federally registered unions...

Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption: final report

Royal Commissioner John Dyson Heydon AC QC delivered his Final Report to the Governor General on 28 December 2015. The Final Report has been tabled in Parliament.

PC productivity update 2015

In 2013-14, labour productivity growth in both the Australian economy and the 12-industry market sector (which accounts for 65 per cent of the economy) was close to the trend of the last two and half decades. Preamble This edition of the PC Productivity Update begins...

Labour force, Australia: Jun 2015

Contains estimates of employed and unemployed persons classified by sex, full-time/part-time status, states and territories and some age groups; and persons not in the labour force. Key points Trend Estimates (Monthly Change) Employment increased to 11,767,200. Unemployment decreased to 753,800. Unemployment rate remained steady at...

Evenings, nights and weekends: working unsocial hours and penalty rates

Technological, economic and demographic changes have contributed to what we now accept as a 24/7 economy and the ‘standard model’ of working nine to five Monday to Friday, is generally no longer considered standard (Presser, 2003). For example, a shift from a manufacturing-based economy to...