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

Will robots take my job?
Susan Windybank
25 August 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

This is a question on many people’s minds, and it’s fuelling fears that advances in automation and artificial intelligence will lead to widespread unemployment, if not a jobless future. The…

IR’s Kodak moment
John Slater
14 July 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

The rise of automation will see a sizeable chunk of today’s workforce replaced by robots, global employment giant Seek has warned.  And a recent McKinsey report found 75% of hospitality…

Fair Work Commission awards won't save hospitality and retail from Kodak moment
John Slater

The rise of automation will see a sizeable chunk of today’s workforce replaced by robots, global employment giant Seek warned last week. The fears are justified. A recent McKinsey report…

IR system killing worker productivity to economic detriment of all
John Slater
09 July 2017 | MEDIA RELEASE

Australia’s Industrial Relations system is a millstone around the neck of prosperity, which is struggling to produce economic and wages growth, a new CIS paper outlines. John Slater’s ‘Industrial Relations…

Neither Protectionism nor Unionism will hit stagnant wages for six
Simon Cowan
08 July 2017 | CANBERRA TIMES

The cricketers united can never be defeated (the Champions Trophy notwithstanding). Perhaps the most interesting thing in the dispute between Cricket Australia and the players represented by their union —…