Creating Jobs, Creating Opportunity

Creating Jobs, Creating Opportunity: Tackling long-term unemployment in Australia lays out a plan to support people who have been out of work long-term.

The paper found that:

  • Even though unemployment is low, long-term unemployment has barely budged
  • 15 people across Australia are competing for each entry-level job
  • One in ten don’t have recent experience or qualifications, or they have other barriers to work
  • These Australians spend around five years looking for work.
  • The entry-level jobs they need are disappearing.
  • Government strategies ignore these people, focusing on punishment and mutual obligation instead of building long-term skills.