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One good relationship can transform a life: the design and implementation of the Mentoring 2 Work Project

This report outlines the Mentoring 2 Work program, and draws on implementation evaluation learnings to describe how it was planned, structured and most effectively delivered.

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.

Jobactive – integrity of payments to employment service providers

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment in managing the integrity of payments to employment service providers.

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.

Use and administration of wage subsidies

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Federal Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s arrangements in administering wage subsidies linked to employment programs.

Australian jobs 2021

This publication provides an overview of trends in the Australian labour market to support job seekers and employment service providers, career advisers, those considering future training and people interested in labour market issues.
Policy report

Getting a job: how schools can help students in the competition for employment after education

While young people are leaving education more qualified than ever before, in many countries they are struggling to compete for jobs in the labour market. This paper looks at things that secondary schools can do to help students get a job.
Working paper

Remote work wanted? Evidence from job postings during COVID-19

This paper evaluates the evolution of employment and job postings around the 'remotability' of work in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic up to the end of 2020.

Refugee employment experience: struggles, strategies and solutions

This report investigates the struggles and challenges refugees face in finding work in Australia. The aim of the report is to highlight the refugee perspective on working and looking for work by listening to what refugees themselves say about their job seeking efforts and their...

Community conversations: talking about finding work in Australia

The Community Conversations project was created to gather further information on the nature of economic exclusion among refugee and migrant communities in Melbourne’s west, and to source community-informed ideas for reducing barriers to participation.

Australian jobs 2020

This publication provides an overview of trends in the Australian labour market to support job seekers and employment service providers, career advisers, those considering future training and work and people interested in labour market issues.
Briefing paper

At what cost? Getting back to Jobactive

This briefing provides an update on Per Capita's earlier estimates of the cost of Jobactive, given the significant increase in the number of unemployed people needing assistance, and reflects on how the system has adapted so far to the unforeseen surge in case numbers.

Inquiry into sustainable employment for disadvantaged jobseekers

The recommendations in this report aim to break down employment barriers through tailored and flexible support and collaboration between employers, service providers, educators and government.
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...
Policy report

A generous increase in Newstart?

This paper provides estimates of where Newstart is now and how it will look after the coronavirus supplement for different family types.
Briefing paper

Job Keepers and Job Seekers: How many workers will lose and how many will gain?

A number of questions and issues have been raised in relation to the implementation, impact and consequences of the Job Keeper payment. The authors discuss these in this research brief and present modifications of the Job Keeper payment that would see a fairer outcome between...

Perfect match: how workers can find jobs that fit them best

The purpose of this report is to focus on mismatch problems in manufacturing labor markets. This report lays out several frictions that keep qualified and available American workers from becoming hired by American manufacturers and puts forth ideas for both manufacturers and the public sector...

Social procurement: creating employment opportunities through purchasing expenditure

This document provides an overview of how public and private sector organisations can strategically utilise their purchasing power, through a process known as social procurement, to achieve economic, environmental and social objectives.

ParentsNext, including its trial and subsequent broader rollout

This report examines the history, aims and design of ParentsNext, including human rights concerns and its suitability for vulnerable participants, and discusses the program's pre-employment focus. It also addresses evidence about the administration and implementation of ParentsNext by government departments and contracted service providers.