One challenge is the minimum wage for temporary skilled migrants; another is the pathway from temporary to permanent residency.
The jobs and skills summit, which concluded on Friday, has been a highly-managed exercise by the Albanese government in maximising policy and political productivity.
Australia hasn’t tried hard enough to deliver full employment. We are well-placed, if we play to our natural strengths – including having the best solar and wind resources in the developed world.
Mental wealth – the social and economic value of mental health – is the one big item missing from the agenda at the jobs summit.
Like Australia, the Australian economy is getting older and slower. Revitalisation should start at school.
LinkedIn called creativity ‘the most important skill in the world’ – it should be central to Labor’s jobs summit.
The surveyed Australians who changed jobs in 2021 switched for less than if they had stayed.
“Business investment visas” are more likely to fund retail businesses than innovation.
How do you measure the productivity of a hairdresser, or a teacher, or an aged care worker? It’s harder than you might think.
One crucial element of the regional jobs discussion is the need for a redefinition of ‘work’, to include community responsibilities, care and caring for land and Country.
Many of the 2.5 million Australian retirees on the age pension would like to work, but only a fraction do – partly because it can mean losing some of their pension.
The trade union movement’s proposal to allow ‘multi-employer’ collective bargaining has won crucial support from small business advocates.
We have fewer workers changing jobs and fewer new firms than we used to.
Modelling from Victoria University finds four groups of occupations most likely to have shortages of workers or an oversupply.
Australia’s economic state in 1983 was very different from today: Bob Hawke wanted to lower expectations of government; Anthony Albanese is trying to raise them, even just a little.
The greatest workforce challenge Australia faces is in health, an issue that will likely be with us for another decade. Here’s one way to fix it.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says the biggest outcome he wants from this week’s jobs and skills summit “is the beginning of a new culture of co-operation”
Among the top economists surveyed was the man who designed Australia’s higher education loans scheme – who described funding for vocational education as a “mess”.
We hear the term ‘skills shortages’ all the time in media and policy debates. But what skills do we need, and more importantly, how do we get them?
An uncritical obsession with productivity threatens to distract us from the deeper problems Australia must face and fix.