Labour Market

Labour markets tend to be among the most regulated markets in the economy. While these regulations were meant to protect workers, they are often counterproductive by putting obstacles in the way to job creation. Finding the right balance between these two goals remains a difficult task.


Youth Unemployment in Australia
Patrick Carvalho
22 November 2015 | Research Report 7

This report looks at quantifying the rising youth unemployment problem, understanding its causes and proposing policy solutions. Youth employment has progressively taken a hit after the Global Financial Crisis, practically doubling since mid-2008. At an average rate of 13.5% in the past 12 months, the…

The Case for a New Australian Settlement: Ruminations of an Inveterate Economist
Wolfgang Kasper
26 June 2015 | OP141

Australia needs a cultural counter-revolution that appeals to the traditional Australian spirit of self-reliance and can-do optimism – a new ‘Australian settlement’ which goes beyond mere economic policy. It should be underpinned by agreed basic understandings across political and social divides: (i) ours is a…

Fairer Paid Parental Leave
Matthew Taylor
07 July 2014 | T30.11

Australia spends just under $1.4 billion (2012–13) on statutory Paid Parental Leave (PPL) to provide more than 130,000 parents with up to 18 weeks of parental leave paid at the full-time minimum wage. The Abbott government proposes to pay primary carers at their pre-birth wages…

Submission to the National Commission of Audit
Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha
01 April 2014 | T30.08

The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government. This publication is an edited version of the CIS submission to the CoA listing practical solutions aimed at cutting government expenditure. The government should adopt a…

Not Looking for Work: The Rise of Non-Jobseekers on Unemployment Benefits
Andrew Baker
31 July 2013 | PM136

Following the global financial crisis, the incumbent Labor government introduced policies that reduced the job search requirements for people on unemployment benefits. As a result, there are now around 350,000 people receiving unemployment benefits who are classified as ‘non-jobseekers’, meaning that they are not required…

Media & Commentary

Australia's unemployed youth are getting priced out of the market
Patrick Carvalho
23 November 2015 | ABC The Drum

The alarming upward trend of young jobseekers experiencing long unemployment duration demands proper attention and politically bold policy solutions. The huge pachyderm in the room remains Australia’s national and industry-specific…

A penalty for our most vulnerable workers
Patrick Carvalho
04 November 2015 | Business Spectator

The federal government has spoken out against the inconsistencies in our current penalty rate system, declaring it a hallmark of times long past with no place in modern Australia’s seven-day…

ChAFTA: Foreign Worker Invasion Fears Unfounded
Patrick Carvalho
20 October 2015 | Huffington Post

Bill Shorten’s latest (counterproductive) demands for supporting the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement show how low the political debate has sunk. The fears over mass Chinese immigration are not supported by…

MEDIA RELEASE: CIS urges new Cabinet to tackle old problems
21 September 2015

The Centre for Independent Studies welcomes the new federal Ministers, and looks forward to them developing invigorated policy to solve long-standing issues. While there will be myriad tasks to tackle…

Fears of automation need to be cast aside
Patrick Carvalho
19 September 2015 | Canberra Times

Recent research claims that automation threatens more than five million jobs in Australia as early as 2025, putting pressure on the young cohort of workers entering the labour market. However,…