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Snapshot of employment by industry, 2019

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases quarterly estimates of employed people by industry (in their main job, where a person holds more than one job) in the publication Labour Force, detailed, quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003. Data is available since November 1984, with the most recent data being February 2019. The next available data (May 2019) will be released on 20 June 2019.  Read more...

Working out the numbers—Unemployment

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides monthly updates of labour force data, but what do these numbers mean and how are they interpreted? Previous posts have provided background information on the Labour Force Survey and on employment figures. This post focuses on the key unemployment numbers and rates. Read more...

Working out the numbers—Employment

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides monthly updates of labour force data, but what do these numbers mean and how are they interpreted? An earlier post provided background information on the Labour Force Survey. This article focuses on the key employment numbers and rates produced from that survey. Read more...

Snapshot of employment by industry, 2018

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases quarterly estimates of employed people by industry (in their main job, where a person holds more than one job) in the publication Labour Force, detailed, quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003. Data is available since November 1984, with the most recent data being February 2018. The next available data (May 2018) will be released on 21 June 2018.  Read more...

Radical ideas—the jobs guarantee

Once considered too radical to be taken seriously, ideas like the universal basic income (UBI) have now become part of mainstream debate. The most recent radical idea to enter the mainstream in the US is the jobs guarantee. Rather than offering unemployed and underemployed workers job-finding programs or training opportunities, under the jobs guarantee, the government would offer them actual jobs. A number of high profile Democrats have gotten behind the idea and it’s being debated in the pages of respectable publications like the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Republic, Newsweek, and Vox. The jobs guarantee is an unashamedly political idea. In a piece for the Nation, Se... Read more...

'Losing its credibility': the abolition of the 457 visa program

In March 2018, the 457 visa will be formally abolished and replaced by the Temporary Skills Shortage visa. In his press conference to announce this change, the Prime Minister said ‘So we are bringing the 457 Visa class to an end. It's lost its credibility.’  This FlagPost analyses one part of the visa in an attempt to understand how its credibility may have changed over time.  Read more...

Use of 2016 Census data to inform on electorate level employment

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released additional results from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing. This includes information about people who work: where they work; who they work for; what type of work they do; their hours of work; and how they travel to and from work. The Census release also provides data on people who were studying or had completed a non-school qualification, those who did any unpaid work, and information on population mobility. The focus of this article is on employment.  Read more...

Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017

On 1 March 2017 the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017. The Bill responds to a number of Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) investigations and prosecutions for significant and systemic breaches of employee entitlements, many of which were in the franchise sector. The Bill has been referred to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 9 May 2017.  The Committee received 35 submissions. The Bill is supported by a number of significant stakeholders, such as the Business Council of Australia and the union movement. It is opposed by the Franchise Council o... Read more...

Snapshot of employment by industry, 2017

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases quarterly estimates of employed people by industry (in their main job, where a person holds more than one job) in the publication Labour Force, detailed, quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003. Data is available since November 1984, with the most recent data being February 2017. The next available data (May 2017) will be released on 22 June 2017. Read more...

Work for the Dole program to stay

There have been reports that the Government was considering winding up the Work for the Dole program as part of this year’s Budget. However, in a subsequent media release Minister for Employment Senator Michaelia Cash stated that the Government will not be abolishing Work for the Dole. This FlagPost provides a brief overview of the program. Work for the Dole—background In a June 1986 speech, Prime Minister Bob Hawke raised the idea of a work for the dole scheme: First, while society has a responsibility to the unemployed, this is a two-way process. The time has come, we believe, when this two-way responsibility will best be served by providing as far as possib... Read more...

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