Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers has long been under the human rights spotlight. Over the past 20 years, mandatory detention of asylum seekers pending refugee status determination and transfer of asylum seekers to Nauru and Papua New Guinea by Australia have been widely labelled as violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political . . . → Read More: Australia’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers: From Human Rights Violations to Crimes Against Humanity – JICJ
In 2013, the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights was awarded a grant by the Australian Government’s Department of Health to develop a guide for all media professionals reporting on Female Genital Cutting (FGC). This guide has been based primarily on the views and input of women from affected communities. We have consulted . . . → Read More: Respectful Dialogue: A Guide for Responsible Reporting on FGC – AMWCHR
For most people, recruitment is the pathway to employment. The Department of Employment’s Survey of Employers’ Recruitment Experiences provides insights into recruitment. This collection of summary papers presents survey findings about the recruitment process. The survey results identify what employers are looking for in applicants and how job seekers can better connect with employment . . . → Read More: Department of Employment’s Survey of Employers’ Recruitment Experiences
Victoria has an unemployment problem, with our unemployment rate now at levels not seen for over a decade. While it is true unemployment can affect anyone in an increasingly precarious job market, the reality is that it is more likely to affect people already facing disadvantage. When unemployment rises, it is these people . . . → Read More: VCOSS plan for tackling Victoria’s unemployment problem
Author: Owen Jones
It’s a scene many commuters will be familiar with. The first noises of a commotion trickle down a carriage: a raised voice, perhaps an obscenity to turn the atmosphere blue. Passengers exchange knowing looks – this is a rare event when the strict anonymity of public transport is broken and . . . → Read More: What everyday racism tells us about the immigration debate – The Guardian
There is a lively debate about the promise of universal pre-K for narrowing education gaps and promoting more social mobility. So far the focus has been on availability and cost – but it turns out that rates of attendance may matter a great deal.
Chicago has been at . . . → Read More: Skipping School is Bad News, Even for Pre-K – Brookings
Australians living longer, with more years free of disability
Australians can now expect to enjoy longer lives with more years free of disability, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The report, Healthy life expectancy in Australia: patterns and trends . . . → Read More: Healthy life expectancy in Australia: Patterns and trends 1998 to 2012 – AIHW
This publication highlights new evidence on policies to support job creation, bringing together the latest research on labour market, entrepreneurship and local economic development policy to help governments support job creation in the recovery. It also includes a set of country pages featuring, among other things, new data on skills supply and demand at the . . . → Read More: Job Creation and Local Economic Development in Australia – OECD
Extract: It’s time Not For Profits become more than just service delivery professionals, writes Doug Taylor, CEO, United Way Australia
Recently I was sitting at my desk and jumped when I heard fighter jets fly over the Sydney CBD. It was not an invasion but the RAAF acknowledging the Memorial service for . . . → Read More: Rebuilding Community – It’s Time NFPs! – Pro Bono News
Harnessing the power of older workers is a vital component of any long-term strategy to rejuvenate economic growth across the Europe.
This report estimates that the Eurozone’s economy could lose one in six workers due to population ageing. It also shows that raising labour force participation rates amongst older age groups could make a significant . . . → Read More: Rising from the ashes: The role of older workers in driving Eurozone recovery – ILC-UK
The ways in which people work are changing, with flexibility characterising more people’s working patterns. These changes present significant challenges and the skills system must respond. At present, the skills system in the UK is not adequately matched to the modern structures of work in 2014, and will become further misaligned in the coming . . . → Read More: The skills system and the changing structures of work (UK) – Policy Connect
Extract from an article by Patricia Karvelas
ONLY two in five Australian companies have policies to attract and retain indigenous workers.
And a third of those with strategies in place are not aware of their success rate.
The white paper from one of Australia’s biggest recruitment agencies reveals a minority of organisations surveyed have processes . . . → Read More: Plenty of will with indigenous employment, but firms not cutting it – The Australian