Community sector welcomes Parliament’s opposition to social security cuts to fund the NDIS

ACOSS Media Release Major community sector organisations representing people on low incomes welcome the Parliament’s rejection of cutting $5.5 billion from social security to fund child care and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS); and congratulates Labor, the Greens, the Nick Xenophon Team and Jacqui Lambie for continuing their opposition to these unfair cuts. The … [Read More] Community sector welcomes Parliament’s opposition to social security cuts to fund the NDIS

The gap of Indigenous disadvantage is being closed too slowly: report – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Michelle Grattan Australia is falling short in its progress towards almost all its targets for overcoming Indigenous disadvantage, the 2017 Closing the Gap report released by Malcolm Turnbull shows. “Successes are being achieved, however progress overall nationally is too slow,” the report says. It presents a mixed picture. While there are … [Read More] The gap of Indigenous disadvantage is being closed too slowly: report – The Conversation

The Impact of Older Workers on the Workplace: Evidence from the Workplace Employment Relations Survey – National Institute of Economic Social Research (UK)

Increasing numbers of older workers are not associated with a deterioration in workplace performance, according to the first UK study using nationally representative data for private sector workplaces, published today. The key findings from the research, which was carried out by NIESR and UCL economists for the Department for Work and Pensions, are: On average, … [Read More] The Impact of Older Workers on the Workplace: Evidence from the Workplace Employment Relations Survey – National Institute of Economic Social Research (UK)

Making ‘good’ choices: the impact of entitlement models on up-skilling later in life – NCVER

By Cain Polidano, Justin van de Ven and  Sarah Voitchovsky DESCRIPTION Understanding the responsiveness of ‘older’ workers — those aged 25-54 years — to government subsidies for up-skilling is important in developing policies that can support people in obtaining skills later in life. The particular focus for this report is the first round of Victorian demand-driven … [Read More] Making ‘good’ choices: the impact of entitlement models on up-skilling later in life – NCVER

Economic Retirement Age and Lifelong Learning: A theoretical model with heterogeneous labor, biased technical change and international sourcing – CESifo

ABSTRACT The employability of an aging population in a world of continuous and biased technical change is top of the political agenda. Due to endogenous human capital depreciation the effective retirement age is often below statutory retirement age resulting in permanent non-employability of older workers. We analyze this phenomenon in a putty-putty human capital vintage … [Read More] Economic Retirement Age and Lifelong Learning: A theoretical model with heterogeneous labor, biased technical change and international sourcing – CESifo

Challenging the accountability agenda: what increases an NGO’s trustworthiness? British Politics & Policy at LSE

Extract from an article by Vincent Charles Keating and Erla Thrandardottir When it comes to a non-governmental organisation’s trustworthiness, there is an unexplored assumption in the literature that the implementation of accountability measures will increase trust. Vincent Charles Keating and Erla Thrandardottir explain why this ‘accountability solution’ may not in itself increase trust, and that it … [Read More] Challenging the accountability agenda: what increases an NGO’s trustworthiness? British Politics & Policy at LSE

ACOSS urges Parliament to reject latest attempt to cut incomes of poorest in new Omnibus Bill – ACOSS

Media Release ACOSS today urged the Federal Parliament to stand firm against measures in the new Government Omnibus Bill that will cut the incomes of some of the poorest people, including families, to fund child care reforms. “This is the latest attempt by the Government to push through harsh cuts that will rip $7 billion … [Read More] ACOSS urges Parliament to reject latest attempt to cut incomes of poorest in new Omnibus Bill – ACOSS

Australian Jobs growth – VDC News

Extract from an article on the VDC News Blog Grattan Institute analysis poses strategic questions for the VET sector. The Grattan Institute, a Melbourne-based think tank, has pulled together some valuable data about where jobs growth is occurring in Australia. The Institute’s CEO, John Daley, spoke about ‘Productivity and geography’ to a Productivity Commission conference … [Read More] Australian Jobs growth – VDC News

The good, bad and ugly of work experience – VDC News

Extract from an article on the VDC News blog Unpaid work experience in Australia (83 pages) Study confirms what VET practitioners have long known – work placements enhance VET students’ confidence and job prospects. Late last year the Commonwealth Department of Employment released a study into work-integrated learning, work placements, internships or work experience. The … [Read More] The good, bad and ugly of work experience – VDC News

The question employers are wary to ask: when are you going to retire? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Sarah Vickerstaff There is a new taboo in the workplace: retirement. Age discrimination legislation and the abolition of the default retirement age means that companies are worried about talking to older workers about retiring, for fear of being accused of ageism. As ongoing research I’m involved in has begun to show, … [Read More] The question employers are wary to ask: when are you going to retire? The Conversation

Welfare States and Labour Market Change: What is the Possible Relation? Social Policy & Administration

ABSTRACT Welfare states in many countries have, at least since the financial crisis, been under strong pressure from high levels of unemployment. We are expecting dramatic changes to labour markets. This article first presents the various arguments as to why there have or have not been substantial changes to labour markets, and whether there might … [Read More] Welfare States and Labour Market Change: What is the Possible Relation? Social Policy & Administration

Market pulse: Talent Nation reveals the sustainable job hot spots – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Sandra Edmunds Property infrastructure, energy and social enterprises are hot spots in sustainability, according to sustainable, environmental and energy recruitment specialist Richard Evans. Evans, who is managing director of Talent Nation and chair of the Banksia Foundation, says the consultancies are currently very busy. “They have been recruiting pretty heavily over … [Read More] Market pulse: Talent Nation reveals the sustainable job hot spots – The Fifth Estate

Fighting back against the gig economy (UK) – Red Pepper

Extract from an article by Mags Dewhurst The couriers’ branch of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain is taking a claim to employment tribunal, which, if successful, could not only revolutionise employment for cycle couriers but has huge implications for everyone who wants a fairer jobs market. The claim is against four of London’s largest … [Read More] Fighting back against the gig economy (UK) – Red Pepper

The Quality of Work in a Changing Labour Market – Social Policy & Administration

ABSTRACT There have been sharply contrasting scenarios of the long-term pattern of change in the quality of work and employment in the advanced societies. Three broad perspectives have dominated enquiry in the last three decades: an optimistic tradition emphasizing progressive improvement in skills and the quality of work; a pessimistic tradition underlining emerging threats to … [Read More] The Quality of Work in a Changing Labour Market – Social Policy & Administration

The Politics of ‘Minimum Wage’ Welfare States: The Changing Significance of the Minimum Wage in the Liberal Welfare Regime – Social Policy & Administration

ABSTRACT It is an indisputable reality that the English-speaking welfare states have retreated from their distinct postwar welfare state compromises in ways that prompt many to wonder what is still liberal about the liberal welfare states. Considering developments in minimum wage institutions and politics in five liberal welfare states, this article argues that the apparent … [Read More] The Politics of ‘Minimum Wage’ Welfare States: The Changing Significance of the Minimum Wage in the Liberal Welfare Regime – Social Policy & Administration

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