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  • You work where? Where Australians Lived and Worked, 2006 and 2011

    Posted 8/09/2015 by Aaron Greenup
    The Parliamentary Library has constructed two maps using Census data to illustrate the journeys Australians took to travel to work in 2006 and 2011.    Click for larger images.   About the data The lines on the above maps represent the net journeys between regions. The net journey is the difference between the number of people travelling to and from two regions. For example, if five people travelled from region B to region A and three people travelled from region A to region B, t... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census, employment, transport

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  • The 'mind-body problem' and proposed DSP reforms

    Posted 18/11/2014 by Matthew Thomas
    The interim report of the Review of Australia’s Welfare System led by Patrick McClure was released on 29 June 2014. The report contains proposals for significant reforms to the Disability Support Pension (DSP). The reforms would see the DSP reserved for people with a permanent impairment and no capacity to work. Those people with a partial capacity to work would be placed on a lower tiered working age payment and provided with support to improve their employment capacity. The proposals r... Read more...

    TAGS: Disability Support Pension, mental health, disability employment, welfare reform

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  • Fair Work Commission clarifies differences between a support person and advocate

    Posted 16/05/2014 by Jaan Murphy

    In February 2014, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down a judgement in which the nature and role of a ‘support person’ in discussions relating to a dismissal were discussed.


    TAGS: employment, Fair Work Act, Industrial Relations

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  • Youth unemployment rates in small geographic areas - 2013

    Posted 1/05/2014 by Penny Vandenbroek

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recently changed the dissemination of regional data from the monthly Labour Force Survey to reflect a new geographic standard. The Labour Force Survey is a key source of data on employment, unemployment, the labour force and associated rates and ratios.


    TAGS: youth, regional unemployment, Australian Bureau of Statistics, labour force, statistics,

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  • Parliamentary Library Lecture: Innovation and job targets the keys to disability employment

    Posted 27/03/2014 by Luke Buckmaster
    Craig Wallace, President of People with Disability Australia, has told a Parliamentary Library Lecture that poverty for people with disabilities in Australia will not be overcome by changes to the system of income support. Instead, he argued, Australia should commit to a national challenge to create jobs for people with disabilities over the next decade. Mr Wallace argued that ‘Australia has a troubling record on jobs on disability’: We rank 21st out of 29 OECD countries in emplo... Read more...

    TAGS: disability, disability employment

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  • Fair Work Commission hands down landmark ruling on anti-bullying regime

    Posted 7/03/2014 by Jaan Murphy
    Fair Work Commission hands down landmark ruling on anti-bullying regime On 6 March 2014, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) ruled that its jurisdiction to hear complaints from workers who allege they are victims of workplace bullying extends to complaints that relate to bullying that occurred prior to the anti-bullying regime coming into force.   Background As detailed in a previous flag post, the reforms related to bullying were introduced by the Fair Work Amendment Act 2013, whi... Read more...

    TAGS: Fair Work Act, employment law, industrial relations, bullying

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  • Snapshot of employment by industry, 2012 to 2013

    Posted 14/02/2014 by Penny Vandenbroek
    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) release data on employed people by industry (in their main job, where a person holds more than one job) in the quarterly publication Labour Force, detailed, quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003. Data is available since November 1984, with the most recent data being November 2013. Read more...

    TAGS: employment, industry, Australian Bureau of Statistics, labour force

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  • High Court to decide if mutual trust and confidence is implied in employment contracts

    Posted 23/12/2013 by Jaan Murphy
    The High Court has granted the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (the Bank) special leave to appeal the Full Federal Court’s decision in Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Barker[2013] FCAFC 83. The case will be significant as it will be the first time the High Court has considered if an implied term of mutual trust and confidence exists in employment contracts.   What is the mutual duty of trust and confidence? The Full Federal Court was the first Australian superior appellate cour... Read more...

    TAGS: contracts, employee, employer, employment, Federal Court, High Court, workplace policies

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  • Extending income management in Cape York

    Posted 29/11/2013 by Luke Buckmaster
    Legislation introduced into Parliament last week proposes to extend operation of income management in Cape York for a further two years until the end of 2015. This will be the third time income management has been extended in Cape York since it began in 2008. The Government argues that income management is a key element of welfare reform efforts in Cape York, which it says have 'seen improved school attendance, care and protection of children and community safety'.Cape York income managementInco... Read more...

    TAGS: employment, income management, indigenous Australians, welfare, welfare reform

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  • Employed people or jobs: semantics or an important difference in terminology?

    Posted 26/09/2013 by Penny Vandenbroek
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    In March (2013), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released new analysis of the Australian labour market based on jobs. Their article, Estimating jobs in the Australian Labour Market, outlines the differences between the number of jobs and the number of employed people, and complements regular labour market data produced by the ABS. Estimates of the number of jobs were produced using the monthly Labour Force Survey, the quarterly Job Vacancies Survey and the 2007 Survey of Employment Arr... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Bureau of Statistics, employment, labour force, workers

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