Mature Age Unemployment

Call for Abstracts close in July for the Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference

The Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference will be held 9 -10 November 2015 in Melbourne and will focus on improving transitions for job seekers to help them achieve positive outcomes.

If you are interested in presenting at the Conference, the Call for Abstracts will be closing 31 July with the Program being designed around the following topics:

  • Tackling unemployment for at risk groups – disability, regional, youth, mature age, and indigenous
  • Other at risk groups including CALD, ex-offenders and those with mental illness
  • Whole of family approach and earlier intervention including jobless families
  • Return to work strategies
  • The new welfare reform environment
  • Federal government policy and programs
  • Employer engagement and diversity programs targeting employing the long term unemployed
  • Labour market trends and research
  • Job Creation
  • JSA, DES other Employment Programs
  • Education, training and skills for employment
  • Building personal networks and relationship form partnerships, alliances and shared experience


For more information on submitting an abstract, please click here.

For more information on the Conference, click here.

Perth suffers biggest unemployment increase of any Australian capital city

Published by The Sunday Times, 12 April 2015 by Peter Law @PeterJohnLaw

Perth recorded the biggest unemployment rise of any major Australian capital city last year, with limited public transport in battler suburbs partly blamed.

The number out of work in the northeast suburb of Girrawheen soared almost 50 per cent in 2014 – one of the biggest increases anywhere in Australia.

The suburb’s population has boomed over the past five years, but suffers from poor public transport connections to work centres, according to local leaders.

In the 12 months to December 2014, the number of Girrawheen residents unemployed increased from 12.2 per cent to 17.9 per cent.

Neighbouring Balga and Mirrabooka had Perth’s worst jobless rate, rising from 14.4 per cent to 18.9 per cent, according to the Employment Department’s Small Area Labour Markets report.

Big rises were also recorded in Armadale-Brookdale (16.7 per cent unemployment rate) Gosnells (12.1 per cent), Marangaroo (8.8 per cent) and Yanchep (7.8 per cent).

Image Source The Sunday Times

Image Source The Sunday Times

Unemployment across Perth increased 23.5 per cent over the year, compared with Brisbane (13.5 per cent), Melbourne (12.7 per cent) and Adelaide (4.9 per cent), while Sydney recorded a 1.7 per cent drop.

The figures came after WA iron ore miner Atlas Iron announced it would suspend all mining operations because of plunging iron ore prices, with more than 500 people expected to lose their jobs.

Yesterday, Australia’s richest woman, WA mining magnate Gina Rinehart, warned Australia could experience a shocking deterioration in living standards as debt levels approached unchartered territory and commodity prices crashed.

Out of Perth’s labour force of 1.12 million people, the number of unemployed rose from 47,500 people to 58,700.

Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said Perth’s unemployment rate of 5.2 per cent was still the nation’s equal lowest and well below the national average of 6.2 per cent.

Professor Alan Duncan, director of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, said joblessness was rising faster in parts of Perth already with high unemployment.

To view the article in its entirety click here.

To view the Employment Department’s Small Area Labour Markets publications click here.

OneShift buys fellow jobs start-up Adage to target mature workforce

Online recruitment start-up OneShift has purchased mature-age job site Adage in an all-cash deal to tap into Australia’s growing mature age workforce.

OneShift, which secured a $5 million capital injection from recruitment company Programmed in 2013, identified mature-age job seekers as a growth area as Australia’s population ages.

“We’ve been receiving feedback from businesses which use OneShift seeking more mature-age workers because of the experience and mentorship they bring to a team,” said OneShift founder and chief executive Gen George.

“Coupled with the desire for mature-age workers looking to ease back into the job market, we’re now in a strong position to provide opportunities for this rapidly growing, yet often neglected market.”

Australians aged 55 and over now make up 34 per cent of the workforce, an increase from 25 per cent 30 years ago, with most of the growth in the past 10 years.

Adage owner and chief executive Heidi Holmes is moving on to other ventures.

“It was time for Adage to grow up and I believe it can do that under the OneShift banner,” Ms Holmes said.

The purchase price was undisclosed, but it was a 100 per cent acquisition. Ms Holmes bought the business four years ago and said the sale to OneShift gave her a 300 per cent return on investment.

The acquisition of Adage adds 30,000 job seekers and up to 2000 employers to OneShift’s 500,000 job seekers and nearly 36,000 employers. OneShift is on track to post 110,000 jobs for the 2014-15 financial year…

Read more by Su-Lin Tan, BRW 3 February 2015



Australia’s jobless hotspots: where does your suburb rank?


Image: The New Daily

The transitioning economy is behind staggering pockets of unemployment.

Unemployment rates in some Australian suburbs are as high as 32 per cent, five times the national figure, creating pockets of disadvantage and leaving local councils scrambling to create jobs.

Both inner-city suburbs and remote towns feature in the top-10 areas grappling with high unemployment rates, with mayors saying they are struggling to provide jobs amid a decline in manufacturing.

Unemployment figures have skyrocketed in some suburbs in the past year, with Melbourne’s Broadmeadows and Brisbane’s Wacol both experiencing an almost 40 per cent jump in unemployment in 12 months.

Broadmeadows in Melbourne’s north-west has an unemployment figure of 26 per cent, and has been rocked by the steady closure of local manufacturing since the global financial crisis in 2008, including more factory closures in the past year.

The current national unemployment figure is 6.1 per cent.

A source at the local Hume City Council said long-term disadvantage and the closure of the local Ford plant were to blame for unemployment in the area.

“The impact of the pending closure at the Ford plant in Broadmeadows, and the flow-on it has had on other supporting manufacturing industries has also played a part,” they said.

Read the full story by Ebony Bowden, The New Daily, 29 October 2014.