Labour force participation

Alternate Term Label:
Labor pool
Workforce participation

Participating in growth: free childcare and increased participation

This paper argues that the provision of free childcare provides the rarest of economic policy opportunities – it’s both an effective form of fiscal stimulus in the short term, and has the capacity to boost the long-term participation rate and, in turn, the long-run rate...
Working paper

Fired and pregnant: gender differences in job flexibility outcomes after job loss

The main motivation of this paper is to assess whether gender-related persistence in job flexibility outcomes, as measured by work hours and commuting distance, prevents further closing of gender gaps.

Coronavirus and unemployment

The coronavirus pandemic has led to widespread job losses across most advanced economies. This paper compares the experiences of five countries that illustrate how different policy decisions have been associated with different labour market outcomes, setting up very different future challenges.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Are more than half of Australia's working-age Muslims not in the workforce?

Independent Senator Fraser Anning argues free welfare and public housing attracts migrants in "search of a free ride at everyone else's expense", claiming that 56 per cent of Australia's working-age Muslims are not in the labour force.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Are a majority of working-age Australian Muslims not working and living on welfare?

In his first speech to Parliament, Senator Fraser Anning, a member of Katter's Australian Party, made a number of disputed claims including that "a majority of Muslims in Australia of working age do not work and live on welfare".
Discussion paper

Slack in the system: the economic cost of underemployment

This discussion paper estimates the economic cost of underemployment in Australia, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Working paper

Understanding the rising trend in female labour force participation

Female labour force participation has increased tremendously since World War II in developed countries. The key contribution of this paper is to provide separate and internally consistent estimates of the role of tax and transfer policy reforms, wage growth, population changes and changes in labour...

Victorian economic snapshot 2020

This publication provides a multi-perspective and historical overview of the Victorian economy. It is largely based on the most recent release of economic data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, covering the 2018/19 financial year.
Working paper

Nappies, books and wrinkles: how children, qualifications and age affect female underemployment in Australia

This paper examines the factors contributing to female underemployment across Australia. ‘Underemployed’ in this document refers to females in part-time employment, who, if given the choice, would take on more hours of paid employment relative to their current hours.

Engaging business in refugee employment: the employers’ perspective

This report, on barriers to refugee employment, calls on the government to consider measures including employer education programs as ways of encouraging firms to hire and retain humanitarian migrants.