Long-term unemployment



Creating jobs, creating opportunity: tackling long-term unemployment in Australia

This publication lays out a plan to support people who have been out of work long-term.
Position paper

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.

Voices 2: results of a survey of people who used Jobactive 2022

This report is based on a second survey of users of Jobactive employment services, the first of which was published in 2018. The title of this report reflects ACOSS’s commitment to amplifying people’s experiences of employment services.

Working together: the case for universal employment support

This report examines employment support services in the United Kingdom which help people find work. It recommends introducing a new system, the Universal Work Service, which would offer integrated employment support, skills and careers advice services.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Deb Frecklington says Queensland had four consecutive years of the highest unemployment in the nation before the pandemic. Is that correct?

Deb Frecklington says Queensland had four consecutive years of the highest unemployment in the nation before the pandemic. RMIT ABC Fact Check found that claim to be wrong.

Blueprint: regional and community job deals

This blueprint advances CPD’s work on improving employment services in place by showing how this approach can be scaled up across the nation in pivotal regions and places. It illustrates a pathway for implementing, governing and funding place-based initiatives for long-lasting impact on Australia's jobs...
Working paper

Climbing the jobs ladder slower: young people in a weak labour market

This paper investigates labour market scarring that might have occurred over the period 2008 to 2018 — specifically whether young people entering the labour market during and following the GFC had a harder transition into employment than those entering earlier, and whether that experience could...
Discussion paper

Mutual obligation after COVID-19: the work for the dole time bomb

Per Capita's key recommendation in this report is that 'work for the dole' be disbanded and replaced with a genuine work experience program for people experiencing long term unemployment. A work experience program could be established through community economic regeneration grants for job creation projects.
Discussion paper

Evaluating the Cashless Debit Card: how will it solve poverty and unemployment?

This paper explores data from two early reports related to an evaluation of the trial of the Cashless Debit Card (CDC) roll-out in the Electoral Division of Hinkler, Queensland, which began in January 2019.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Does being unemployed for a year nearly halve your chances of ever working again?

CEO of the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), Cassandra Goldie, claimed that people unemployed for more than a year are roughly half as likely to ever find another job, and that this was the experience after the 2008-09 global financial crisis. Dr Goldie’s claim...

Prosperity's children: youth unemployment in Australia

This analysis highlights the intense pressure on young Australians. Young people facing long-term unemployment today are worse off than a decade ago, when far fewer of them – one in ten jobseekers – were unemployed for a year or more, compared with the nearly one...
Discussion paper

#changethestats: a new way of talking about unemployment

Nick Dyrenfurth argues that for too long statistics have been hiding the real economic story. Consider the latest unemployment data - ostensibly good news. But ask anyone who is working or looking for work and you’ll hear a different story.

Voices of unemployment: result of an ACOSS survey of Jobactive service users

This report outlines the findings of an online survey of users of the Jobactive service, the main employment service for people who are unemployed, conducted by ACOSS between 7 and 22 July 2018.

Long-term unemployment statistics: a quick guide - August 2018 update

This guide provides a brief overview of long-term unemployment, an introduction to the key concepts and terminology, and lists relevant data sources.

Reality bites: Australia's youth unemployment in a millennial era

Long-term unemployment remains a threat for young Australians, but blaming them for this situation is not supported by the facts.

Faces of unemployment: April 2020

The report was prepared before the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent announcement of a six-month payment that effectively doubles the rate of the JobSeeker Allowance (Newstart) and Youth Allowance. Nonetheless, the report provides important insights that could be applied by government to effectively reduce long-term...

SVA Perspectives: employment

SVA have developed an evidence-informed perspective on what is required to increase the number of jobs that people experiencing disadvantage can access; to match disadvantaged jobseekers with the right employers, and to give employers and jobseekers the support and services they need to overcome barriers...
Discussion paper

Tackling long-term youth unemployment

The incidence of young people in long-term unemployment continues to increase. Contemporary research and discussion is lacking in detailed strategies and interventions to specifically assist this group. This paper highlights the experiences and issues of young people in long-term unemployment by presenting data trends, reviewing...
Journal article

Dealing with unemployment: what should be the role of labour market programs?

This review presents a summary of evidence on outcomes from active labour market programs. Active labour market programs aim to increase the likelihood of employment for individuals who are unemployed or at risk of unemployment. The focus of this review is on studies of active...

How does the concept of social inclusion play a role in housing policy?

Housing-related policies and programs can play an important role in promoting social inclusion by addressing homelessness, concentrations of disadvantage, and housing stress. •

Long-term unemployment in Australia

This is a guide to long-term unemployment in Australia, by Lisa Fowkes.
Discussion paper

"The power of simple theory and important facts" A conversation with Bob Gregory

Bob Gregory contrasts ‘the presuppositions of Royal Parade’ of 1950 Melbourne with the present outlook of himself and Australia at large. He outlines the evolution of his methodological position from the University of Melbourne student to the Canberra policy advisor, and defends that position from...

Is career advancement important to disadvantaged jobseekers?

For many jobseekers low-paid work is in itself not a good stepping stone towards a better job, so the policy focus has thus shifted from helping welfare recipients to obtain jobs, to supporting employment in quality jobs that offer opportunities for wage and career progression...

A review of developments in the Job Network

This paper briefly examines the development of the Job Network and evaluations of this system to determine the Job Network's capacity to cater to the needs of difficult-to-place job seekers and the long-term unemployed, and how this capacity might be improved.

Unexplained differences

Ian Anderson compares the federal government's response to the Little Children Are Sacred report with the authors' recommendations.