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.


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…

TARGET30: Reducing the burden for future generations
David Murray, Maurice Newman, Simon Cowan
01 July 2013 | PF25

TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government and cutting government spending to less than 30% of GDP in the next 10 years. This collection of speeches presented at the campaign’s launch focuses on ensuring that the crucial services Australians need are delivered efficiently and effectively…

Media & Commentary

The good, the bad and the ugly
Patrick Carvalho
14 August 2015 | Ideas@TheCentre

The Productivity Commission interim report on workplace relations falls short of the changes Australia desperately needs in the quest to achieve the politically feasible. Sadly, lack of political leadership will…

Tackling a glaring problem in the jobs market
Patrick Carvalho
15 July 2015 | Business Spectator

How can Australia best tackle the skills mismatch challenge? The best solution lies in public policy with a more market-oriented approach, focused on foundational skills rather than just dictating trade…

Welfare for car makers: a policy of confusion
Patrick Carvalho
10 March 2015 | ABC The Drum

Today's announcement that the federal government will not uphold its pledge to abolish the funding assistance to the car industry is wrong-footed, counter-productive and confusing. Although the chances of passing…

Childcare places still come up short
Trisha Jha
24 February 2015 | Online Opinion

The government released the long-awaited final version of the Productivity Commission’s report on childcare late on Thursday. It makes several important recommendations for making the sector more efficient and less…

Childcare report a vision of how things could be
Trisha Jha
20 February 2015 | ABC The Drum

The Productivity Commission has done a relatively good job with its report on the childcare sector and put together a suite of workable policy recommendations, but it is not without…