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.


Reforming Social Housing: financing and tenant autonomy
Michael Potter
27 April 2017 | RR25

Around 400,000 Australians live in social housing, which includes public and community housing. This sector is ripe for reform, with many public housing dwellings failing adequacy standards, numerous tenants are dissatisfied and live in housing that is too small or too large for their needs.…

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…

Media & Commentary

Penalty rates a challenge for business
Simon Cowan
10 March 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

The government’s response to the Fair Work Commission’s decision on penalty rates has been weak. The government has appeared indecisive, yet will wear opprobrium for supporting the decision anyway. That…

Youth employment: The good, the bad and the ugly
Patrick Carvalho
06 May 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

The Budget measures aiming at solving youth unemployment are an improvement on previous programmes, but fall short of targeting the real causes of a jobless youth. As my research shows,…

MEDIA RELEASE: Budget 2016: Timid Turnbull tinkers at top and bottom 
Simon Cowan, Michael Potter, Patrick Carvalho, Jennifer Buckingham, Trisha Jha, Sara Hudson
03 May 2016

CIS policy experts share their ‘first glance’ assessment of the Budget, with more detailed analysis to follow during the next couple of days as they unpick and unpack all the…

Numeracy and literacy still count
Patrick Carvalho
11 January 2016 | Canberra Times

A world of constantly-changing technologies brings the challenge of keeping workplace skill updated. While everyone agrees education is the key, uncertainty about the future of Gonski reform funding and quixotic…

2016: what lies ahead
Patrick Carvalho
08 January 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

As the festive season closes, 2016 arrives with many promises and challenges. For starters, the New Year brings a set of new laws ranging from childcare services to new caps…