Article by Rachael Sharman
A research centre in the UK recently found that lavishing praise on students, particularly low-attaining students, may be counter-productive. By providing a no-fail, no-consequences environment in which the top priority is to make everybody feel good about themselves, we are doing little more than setting young people up to . . . → Read More: A ‘no-consequences’ education produces unemployable graduates – The Conversation
Job advertisements edged up a further 0.2% in October, the fifth consecutive monthly rise in seasonally adjusted terms. Job ads have now trended higher for 12 months and are up 7.5% over this period. Consistent with other labour market indicators, the steady improvement in job ads suggest the labour market is turning around. The . . . → Read More: Job advertising strengthens a little further in October – ANZ
NCVER has released four infographics that provide an overview of publicly-funded training based on NCVER’s main data collections:
Students and courses – including key findings from Young people in education and training Apprentices & trainees VET finance VET outcomes – drawing key findings from Student outcomes and Employers’ use and views of the VET system . . . → Read More: Snapshot of vocational education and training in Australia: infographics
Extract from an article by Natasha Bita
THE Employment Department has accused baby boomers of “retiring’’ on the dole, as the number of over-50s on Newstart jumped 9 per cent in a year.
Unemployment is rising five times faster for Australians in their 50s than for those in their 20s, the latest social-security data reveals, . . . → Read More: Baby boomers blasted for ‘retiring’ on dole money – The Australian
This is an edited version of a speech given at the AGM of the Association of Volunteer Managers on 23 October 2014
Widening the Civic Core
Official surveys suggest a slight increase in volunteering following the 2012 Games, with a tailing off in the past year. However, . . . → Read More: Is formal volunteering finished? (UK) – NCVO
Extract from an article by Dan Harrison
Indigenous groups have reacted sceptically to reports the Abbott Government is considering forcing unemployed Aboriginal people in remote communities to do 25 hours a week of work for the dole.
News Corporation reported on Wednesday that the government was considering introducing tough new sanctions . . . → Read More: Aboriginal groups cool on remote dole shake-up – The Age
The latest instalment of the Abbott Government’s anti-worker agenda attacks basic workplace rights and will make it harder for workers to get pay rises.
ACTU President Ged Kearney said the proposed changes deliver what business and employers want, and swings the pendulum back to them.
“These changes will make it harder for workers . . . → Read More: Government’s latest workplace changes designed to drive down wages, conditions – ACTU
This study explores the relationship between mandating a nondiscrimination clause in hiring practices along gender lines and the employment of women versus men in 58 developing countries. The study finds a strong positive relationship between a nondiscrimination in hiring clause and women’s relative to men’s employment. The relationship is robust to several controls at . . . → Read More: Does mandating nondiscrimination in hiring practices influence women’s employment ? The World Bank
Extract from an article by Ebony Bowden
Declining infrastructure is behind staggering pockets of unemployment.
Unemployment rates in some Australian suburbs are as high as 32 per cent, five times the national figure, creating pockets of disadvantage and leaving local councils scrambling to create jobs.
Both inner-city suburbs and remote towns feature in the top-10 . . . → Read More: Australia’s jobless hotspots: where does your suburb rank? The New Daily
Extract from an article by Patricia Karvelas
THE peak group representing non-profit job agencies has attacked a plan to introduce 25 hours a week of work for the dole in 60 remote communities, arguing that it will be expensive and will not generate real and ongoing remote area jobs.
Jobs Australia chief executive David Thompson . . . → Read More: Jobs Australia slams work for dole plan in remote communities – The Australian
This CAEPR Topical Issue contains the collected works of academics engaged in the examination of The Forrest review: creating parity which was commissioned by the Prime Minister Tony Abbott to examine Indigenous training and employment in Australia. Each work represents the author’s considered specialist disciplinary perspective informed by on-the-ground experience. Consequently, this paper provides . . . → Read More: Academic perspectives on The Forrest review: creating parity
Extract from a digest Matthew Thomas, Social Policy Section
Purpose of the Bill The purpose of the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Job Seeker Compliance Framework) Bill 2014 (the Bill) is to amend the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 (SSAA) and the Social Security Act 1991 to: • from 1 January 2015, provide for . . . → Read More: Social Security Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Job Seeker Compliance Framework) Bill 2014 – Parliamentary Library Digest
New AHURI research identifies that the number of homeless people increased by 17 per cent between 2006 and 2011, while the Australian population only increased by 8 per cent. This increase in homelessness occurred after a 6 per cent fall in the number of homeless people in the five years before that . . . → Read More: 17% increase in homelessness – AHURI Evidence Review