Anglicare Australia Launches Jobs Availability Snapshot 2017
Anglicare Australia has called on the government to take urgent action to create stable, paid jobs following the release the 2017 Jobs Availability Snapshot. The Snapshot was launched on 19 October 2017, as part of Anti-Poverty Week.
The findings from the Snapshot show that only 15 percent of all advertised jobs in May 2017 were at the entry-level. That same month 711,000 people were unemployed, including 124,000 job-seekers who are only qualified for entry-level roles. These findings were stark, showing that five people were competing for each entry-level job across Australia. At the same time, entry-level jobs are drying up.
There was a strong interest in the Snapshot all over Australia. Anglicare Australia was featured on ABC TV News Breakfast, ABC Radio National, and ABC Radio Breakfast on the morning of the Snapshot release. It continued to be featured throughout the day by ABC News, SBS News, and Nine News. The Snapshot was also the subject of discussion on ABC’s The Drum.
The report was written up by national news outlets including ABC Online, the Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Australian Financial Review, the Conversation, News.com.au and the New Daily. The Snapshot was also covered by specialist outlets such as Pro Bono Australia, International Business Times, Smart Company, HRD Magazine, and the Wire.
Media coverage across Australia was strong, particularly in regional and rural areas where Anglicare CEOs were kept busy with media interviews on the day and those following. The report was featured on ABC regional radio across Australia. Other highlights include coverage from the West Australian with AnglicareWA’s Ian Carter and 2GB radio’s interview with Anglicare Victoria’s Paul McDonald.
The report was welcomed by Shadow Minister for Employment Brendan O’Connor, as well as Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.
Anglicare Australia sponsors 2017 Anti-Poverty Week
In 2017, Anglicare Australia was again a sponsor of Anti-Poverty Week. Anti-Poverty Week was promoted at the recent Anglicare Australia conference, and Anglicare Australia launched the 2017 Jobs Availability Snapshot as part of Anti-Poverty Week.
Anglicare WA held a lunch as part of the week's events. In exchange for a lunch, people were asked for their best money saving tip or comment, which were put onto a poster for Anglicare WA's Financial Counselling Service office. Anglicare WA's Jethro Sercombe also participated in the Anti-Poverty Week Children, Poverty and the Law forum.
Anglicare Tasmania moderated Basic Income: Panacea or pipe dream, a panel discussion on the potential of a universal basic income to address poverty in Australia. It featured Dr Alexis Wadsley of the Economic Society Australia, Dr Paul Blacklow of the University of Tasmania, Professor Shelley Mallett of Brotherhood of St Laurence, and Meg Webb of Anglicare Tasmania's Social Action and Research Centre.
Anglicare North Queensland held the Budget Bites Challenge, a cook off competition highlighting the plight of those experiencing homelessness in the Far North. The event featured local sports, radio and TV personalities. It also worked with Bendigo Bank branches throughout the week to raise awareness of food insecurity and collect donations for food.
Anglicare NSW South, NSW West, and ACT held its annual Pens Against Poverty Awards Ceremony as part of Anti-Poverty Week. It also partnered with the Uniting Church to offer a free community lunch to encourage community connection and conversation about issues of poverty.
Further details of activities are available at www.antipovertyweek.org.au.
ACOSS Conference Looks Towards 2030
Anglicare Australia staff members Maiy Azize, Zoë Coombe and Imogen Ebsworth attended the ACOSS conference in Sydney on 24-25 October 2017. The theme of the conference was Australia in 2030: Creating the future we want. It focused on the promotion of social cohesion and addressing the drivers behind poverty and inequality.
The conference opened with an address by Asylum Seekers Resource Centre CEO Kon Karapanagiotidis, who called for a new approach to Australia's big problems. "A shift in attitude and culture is urgently needed if we are to have a bright future in our country, with opportunities for everyone to thrive and contribute to building our society, not just the privileged," he said.
The conference included a panel on the future of the social sector, featuring NACCHO CEO Patricia Turner AM, Youth Representative to the United Nations Paige Burton, Australian National Development Index director Mike Salvaris, Social Ventures Australia's Jason Eades, and ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie. The panel explored what we need to be doing to create the future we want, and explored issues such as youth engagement and a Universal Basic Income. “The right to a basic income is what our agenda on addressing the inadequacy of social security payments is about,” Cassandra Goldie said.
Other keynote speakers included economist Saul Eslake, Fight Inequality Alliance's Jenny Ricks, Ted Noffs Foundation's Matt Noffs, Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin, Greens leader Richard di Natale, and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. Workshops and panels covered topics including the future of work, digital innovation, clean energy, diversity and inclusion, and how to recast the narrative.
The conference closed with a panel on reinventing our democracy, featuring Democracy in Colour director Tim Lo Surdo, community organiser Neil Jameson, UNSW's Gemma McKinnon, the Centre for Social Change's Dr Amanda Cahill, the University of Sydney Professor Ariadne Vromen, and journalist Lenore Taylor. Panellists explored how communities can make their voices heard and achieve change.
Audio from some conference panels will be featured on forthcoming broadcasts of ABC’s Big Ideas programme.
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