Unemployment--Government policy

Position paper

12 Apr 2019

Australia's peak body for social services has released its employment election policy priorities, designed to foster full employment, reduce long-term unemployment, and support an effective employment services system.


11 Apr 2019

This plan, aimed at creating a more resilient Australia, proposes measures to reform infrastructure planning, regional planning, higher education and vocational training, enterprise bargaining, income taxes, electricity policy, and more.


4 Mar 2019

Australia’s youth unemployment rate is stagnating at the levels seen in the early 2000s, despite 28 years of economic growth. This analysis from the Brotherhood of St Laurence maps the 20 worst “hotspot” regions for youth unemployment, and confirms many regional and outer suburban areas...

Journal article

22 Feb 2019

This article argues that while the current NZ tax/benefit system represents a ‘welfare mess’, and needs substantial restructuring, a UBI does not necessarily provide an adequate income for poverty relief, nor ensure labour force incentives, at an acceptable fiscal cost.


14 Feb 2019

This report is the result of the Inquiry into the appropriateness and effectiveness of the objectives, design, implementation and evaluation of the Australian public employment service, jobactive.


5 Feb 2019

This evaluation report draws on administrative data to examine participation and employment outcomes over the first two years of the Community Development Programme.


5 Feb 2019

This is a brief summary of the Community Development Programme evaluation, drawing on the community fieldwork and administrative data evaluation reports.


Summary report of community voices and stakeholder perspectives from eight communities
5 Feb 2019

This evaluation report presents community views on the Community Development Programme (CDP) based on surveys with community members, CDP providers and stakeholders across eight remote communities.

Discussion paper

1 Feb 2019

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.


20 Sep 2018

This report paints a picture of unemployment and employment services in Australia in 2018. It is based on four complementary pieces of research that have been combined to present a full picture of the main employment service in Australia - jobactive.


29 Aug 2018

Governments have relied on a series of employment programs to tackle the employment gap, but these have not yielded positive outcomes.


1 Feb 2018

A new strategy would start by recognising that the market alone can’t help many jobless Australians find work, writes Rob Sturrock.


14 Aug 2017

The phenomenon of the rapidly growing cohort of American men who are out of work is not unique to the United States. Australia, it seems, has its own silent crisis in male employment.

Working paper

4 Aug 2017

A literature review of how formal institutions affect self-reported well-being.



1 Feb 2017

South Australia enters 2017 facing mass layoffs in the automotive manufacturing industry and the potential closure of the local steel industry. These two shocks combined threaten to obliterate more than 25,000 jobs.

Read the full article on The Conversation.


31 Oct 2016

Positions Vacant? When the Jobs Aren’t There is the title of the 2016 report, and it is informed by Anglicare Australia's first Jobs Availability Snapshot.

The findings from the Snapshot show that only 13% of all advertised jobs in May 2016 were at...


28 Oct 2016

When the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the September Labour Force Survey data, shadow minister for employment and workplace relations Brendan O'Connor said the labour market participation rate was in “free fall” and that “people have stopped looking for work”. Is that right?...

Journal article

10 Oct 2016

Regulations governing the energy efficiency of new buildings have become a cornerstone of US environmental policy. California enacted the first such codes in 1978 and has tightened them every few years since. I evaluate the resulting energy savings three ways: comparing energy used by houses...



13 Sep 2016

The nature of the Australian labour force has changed drastically in a very short time. In the late 1970s, eight in 10 workers had full-time jobs. Today, only 65 per cent of workers are considered to be in full-time work. Jobs are now increasingly casual...



10 Aug 2016

The Reserve Bank of Australia, like central bankers around the world, is sailing in uncharted waters. In its recent Monetary Policy Report the RBA acknowledged inflation will not likely recover to its target range (between 2 and 3 per cent) until 2019, despite record-low interest...



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