Labour Force, Australia, October 2014 – ABS

This publication contains estimates of the civilian labour force derived from the Labour Force Survey component of the Monthly Population Survey. The full time series for estimates from this publication are also available electronically. More detailed estimates are released one week after this publication in various electronic formats – see Labour Force, Australia, Detailed – . . . → Read More: Labour Force, Australia, October 2014 – ABS

A ‘no-consequences’ education produces unemployable graduates – The Conversation

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 advertising strengthens a little further in October – ANZ

Highlights

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

Snapshot of vocational education and training in Australia: infographics

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

Baby boomers blasted for ‘retiring’ on dole money – The Australian

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

Is formal volunteering finished? (UK) – NCVO

Blog Post

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

Aboriginal groups cool on remote dole shake-up – The Age

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

Government’s latest workplace changes designed to drive down wages, conditions – ACTU

Media Release

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

Welfare Reforms and the Refugee Resettlement Strategy – Kotuitui (NZ)

An Opportunity to Achieve Meaningful Employment Outcomes for New Zealanders from Refugee Backgrounds

ABSTRACT

Despite employment being consistently identified as a key factor in successful refugee resettlement, people from refugee backgrounds in Aotearoa New Zealand are overrepresented in unemployment statistics. Of those who do gain employment, few secure work that is adequately remunerated and commensurate . . . → Read More: Welfare Reforms and the Refugee Resettlement Strategy – Kotuitui (NZ)

Does mandating nondiscrimination in hiring practices influence women’s employment ? The World Bank

ABSTRACT

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

Australia’s jobless hotspots: where does your suburb rank? The New Daily

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

Jobs Australia slams work for dole plan in remote communities – The Australian

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

Academic perspectives on The Forrest review: creating parity

ABSTRACT

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

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Job Seeker Compliance Framework) Bill 2014 – Parliamentary Library Digest

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

17% increase in homelessness – AHURI Evidence Review

Extract

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

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