Labour force participation

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Labor pool
Workforce participation
NARROWER TERMS
Policy report

Why reform of the Child Care Subsidy would strengthen Australia’s economy

In this report, the McKell Institute advocates for a universal Child Care Subsidy, and evaluates the Working Family Child Care Boost announced by Federal Labor Leader, Anthony Albanese, in his budget reply speech of 8 October 2020.
Policy report

The child care subsidy: options for increasing support for caregivers who want to work

Parents of young children who want to contribute more to household income too often find themselves considering an insufficient financial reward when taking on extra work, once out-of-pocket child care costs are deducted. This report outlines some options for reform of the child care subsidy...
Discussion paper

Putting language in place: improving the Adult Migrant English Program

This paper provides important context for the changes to the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) announced by the federal government this month, which include expanding eligibility to accessing the AMEP and relaxing the timeframe in which people can access this support. It builds on conversations...
Report

The impact of COVID-19 on families in hardship in Western Australia

The 100 Families WA COVID-19 report presents experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, its restrictions, and its early economic and social impacts among 158 family members in the study who completed a supplementary COVID-19 survey between May and July 2020.
Report

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.
Report

Cheaper childcare: a practical plan to boost female workforce participation

Increasing female workforce participation is one of the biggest economic opportunities for governments. This report identifies a range of policy and social barriers facing women who would prefer to work more paid hours.
Report

It’s the economy, stupid: economic participation only way to Close the Gap

Indigenous policy needs to get back to these fundamentals, with a focus on school attendance, jobs and creating the environment for Indigenous business creation — especially in remote and regional Indigenous communities, argues Warren Mundine in this analysis report.
Report

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.
Report

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.