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Labour mobility

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Mobile workforce


Report

The great migration: leaving our cities for the regions - part 2: current working patterns, future work perspectives

COVID-19 has forced us to reimagine the way we’re working now and into the future. This second instalment in the Future of Work Lab’s 'Regional Migration Survey' series, aims to better understand the current working patterns and future work aspirations of people who have migrated...
Report

Immigration – fit for the future

This inquiry considers what working-age immigration policy settings would best facilitate New Zealand’s long-term economic growth and promote the wellbeing of New Zealanders.
Report

Migration and the future of care: supporting older people and care workers

This report analyses the intersection between the older persons’ care sector and migration. The report concludes with recommendations to policy-makers in high-income, rapidly ageing countries that are struggling with these issues.
Strategy

National workforce strategy 2022-27

This strategy provides a framework for government to ensure a consistent, coordinated approach to address workforce issues and sector-specific workforce plans.
Report

Australia’s tech jobs opportunity – cracking the code to Australia’s best jobs

This report argues that tech jobs are a key source of social mobility in Australia. They are one of the best and most certain way that any Australian can improve or maintain their standard of living.
Report

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.
Report

Opportunities for advancing Australia’s strategic interests through existing regional architecture

A key focus of this inquiry was to examine the suitability of existing regional architecture and country-groupings to address key human security issues in the Indo-Pacific region, including health security, the impacts of climate change, human rights and labour rights.
Report

Improving the linkages between university and work

This paper argues that COVID-19, the skills gap and automation have all conspired to change the work landscape in Canada, and post-secondary institutions must respond to those changing needs.
Briefing paper

The agreement on the future relationship: a first analysis

After years of negotiations, the United Kingdom and the European Union have struck a deal on their future relationship. This deal is one of the most critical agreements the UK will negotiate in the post-Brexit era. This paper offers a first attempt at assessing the...
Report

Governance of the Seasonal Worker Programme in Australia and sending countries

From a slow start in 2008, Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) has become a growing source of employment in the Pacific, and an important part of the seasonal workforce for Australian farmers. This report recommends ways to improve SWP governance, both in Australia and in...
Report

Could do better: migration and New Zealand’s frontier firms

This report investigates how migration can help frontier firms stay at the top of the class and how immigration settings, more generally, might have been holding firms back. It looks at how changes in migration policy could influence firms in New Zealand to make greater...
Report

Human capital as an asset: an accounting framework to reset the value of talent in the new world of work

The coronavirus pandemic is a defining moment for business leaders as they reset the workforce, restore stability and strive to achieve growth in a sustainable manner that benefits all stakeholders. This paper argues that business organisations should seek to work towards a more holistic approach...
Working paper

Health care management in Australia’s and New Zealand’s seasonal worker schemes

This paper discusses the relatively untouched topic of temporary migrants’ health care management in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) and New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE), which are temporary seasonal worker schemes.
Working paper

Job-to-job transitions and the wages of Australian workers

Competition among firms for employed workers has the potential to exert meaningful pressure on wages – an intuitive idea that is illustrated in leading models of on-the-job search and increasingly borne out in empirical studies. This paper outlines the evidence for this in the Australian...
Blog post

The horticulture labour shortage myth

In an era where structural aid cuts have undermined Australia’s capacity to deliver poverty reduction, there should be a more active approach to support a broader development agenda which includes migration, argues Henry Sherell.
Book

Labour lines and Colonial power: Indigenous and Pacific Islander labour mobility in Australia

This book argues that both Pacific Islanders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands peoples made purposeful migrations to find work, reflective of rich cultures and histories of mobility.
Blog post

The Pacific Labour Scheme: is it a flop?

The Australian Government’s Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) provides workers from nine Pacific island countries for employment in rural and regional Australia for up to three years. It marked one year of operation on 30 June and according to some, there was little to celebrate. However...
Blog post

Australia’s seasonal worker program now bigger than NZ’s

The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP), which allows workers from the Pacific and Timor-Leste to work on Australian farms for up to nine months, grew by 44% in 2018-19 or by some 3,000 workers – the largest absolute increase ever and one of the highest percentage...
Discussion paper

The student journey: skilling for life

This discussion paper looks at how vocational education and training (VET) supports lifelong learners. It explore VET’s role in assisting lifelong learning and seeks to understand how VET will need to transform in the future to enable it to confront the challenges of an increasingly...
Report

Are there only winners? Labour mobility for sustainable development in the Pacific

After more than 10 years of established seasonal work schemes in Australia and New Zealand, this report focuses on seasonal labour mobility in the context of a policy assessment framework that addresses both wins and losses when considering a sustainable future for labour mobility in...