Labour force

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.
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.

Wage-cutting strategies in the mining industry

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...

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...

Excessive hours and unpaid overtime: 2019 update

This updated research looks at the cumulative costs of unpaid overtime in Australia's economy. Survey data suggests the average Australian worker puts in almost 5 hours per week of unpaid overtime: coming in early, staying late, working through lunch and breaks and taking work home.
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.
Discussion paper

National career development strategy

The Australian government believes a National Career Development Strategy will help towards supporting individuals to make appropriate choices throughout their lives about education, training, and work and to manage their careers successfully. This Green Paper outlines a proposed way forward for a National Career Development...

Privacy impact assessment for the feasibility study for linking household labour force survey data with linked employer-employee data

This privacy impact assessment (PIA) identifies privacy risks associated with linking data from the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) data with data from Linked Employer-Employee Data (LEED) and outlines the processes for managing these risks.

The Hunter Region: an economic profile

This e-brief presents a survey of the Hunter region, with a focus on the areas of activity that are now the main sources of employment.

The Cost of Doing Business in the Pilbara

This study analysing the cost of doing business in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The results will inform planning and operations, inform government agencies about costs, and enable policy formulation.

Sunshine Coast Regional Roadmap 2012-2031

The 2012-31 Regional Roadmap provides both an overview of the Sunshine Coast economy in a State of the Region report and outlines the Priority Focus Areas that Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast can implement, in collaboration with industry leaders and organisations. The priority focus areas...

Survey and analysis of the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme subclass

A survey conducted on behalf of the Joint Commonwealth State and Territory Research Advisory Committee (JCSTRAC) examined how well the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) had performed against a number of indicators. These included the proportion of migrants who stay in regional areas and continue...

South West workforce development plan 2013-2016

The development of regional workforce development plans is a priority action identifi ed in Skilling WA - A workforce development plan for Western Australia (Skilling WA). Skilling WA provides the framework to build, attract and retain a skilled workforce and ensure that Western Australia has...

Spatial dependence in regional unemployment in Australia

There is evidence that differentials in regional employment growth rates and regional unemployment rates have persisted in Australia since the early 1990s, despite relatively robust growth in the Australian economy overall, which might have promoted convergence in regional labour market outcomes. This paper investigates evidence...

Socio-economic impacts of plantation forestry in the Great Southern Region of WA, 1991 to 2004

A rapid expansion of plantations occurred over 1991 to 2001 in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. From an estate of only 6,150 hectares in 1991, the total area of plantations expanded to just under 127,500 hectares by the start of 2001. Most plantations...

Socio-economic impacts of plantation forestry in the South West Slopes of NSW, 1991 to 2004

A large area of softwood plantation has been established in the South West Slopes (SWS) of New South Wales since the 1920s and plantation timber has been processed on a large scale in the region since the 1950s. There has been ongoing expansion in the...