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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

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

For more information on the Conference, click here.

Rising regional unemployment ’emergency’ election issue

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Average unemployment rates for August, September and October 2014. Source: ABS.

Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton and Geelong have emerged as employment flashpoints in the state election, recording increases in joblessness that dwarf those in Melbourne.

A Fairfax Media analysis of regional labour force data shows the average unemployment rate in Ballarat has surged from 2.5 per cent to 6.4 per cent in the space of a year. The unemployment rate in Bendigo has jumped from 5.1 per cent to 8 per cent.

Fairfax has averaged the unemployment rate for the past three months in each of the regions identified by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It has compared the result for the average of August, September and October in 2013.

In Shepparton, hit by uncertainty about the future of fruit cannery SPC Ardmona, unemployment has climbed from 5.25 per cent to 7.4 per cent.

In Geelong, hit by the planned withdrawal of companies such as Ford, unemployment has jumped from 5 per cent to 8.2 per cent.

The figures shed new light on last week’s claim by Treasurer Michael O’Brien that regional employment had “increased by 1000 people over the year to October”.

Read the full story by Peter Martin & Henrietta Cook, Brisbane Times, 17 November 17 2014.

Join us in Melbourne to discuss these issues at the Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference9 – 10 November 2015.

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Unemployment surges to 12-year high in Australia

6.4 per cent –  youth jobless figure hits 14 per cent

Economists had expected an extra 13,000 new jobs in July, leaving the unemployment rate steady at 6 per cent, but total employment fell marginally while the pool of unemployed swelled to almost 790,000 people.

Michael Janda from ABC News has reported that Bureau of Statistics figures show the jobless rate has surged from June’s reading of 6 per cent to 6.4 per cent over last month. This is the worst reading since August 2002.

Young people have been particularly hard-hit, with unemployment for 15-24-year-olds hitting 14.1 per cent – the highest level since October 2001.

The jobless rate for the 15-19-year-old subset jumped even more to 20.4 per cent – the highest since April 1997 – and was 30.1 per cent amongst those looking for full-time work…

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Michael has further reported that politicians are playing the ‘blame game’ over the rising jobless total with each side of politics blaming each other for the jobs figures released yesterday.

Employment Minister Eric Abetz admits the 6.4 per cent unemployment figure is a very high rate, and says he does not know when it will fall.

“As to when unemployment figures will turn around will depend on a host of factors, our task as a Government is not to predict the future,” he said.

Queensland, youth hit hardest

State-by-state

  • NSW: Unemployment up from 5.7 to 5.9 per cent; participation steady at 63 per cent.
  • Vic: Unemployment up from 6.6 to 7 per cent; participation up from 64.2 to 64.7 per cent.
  • Qld: Unemployment up from 6.3 to 6.8 per cent; participation down from 66.3 to 66.2 per cent.
  • SA: Unemployment down from 7.3 to 7.2 per cent; participation down from 62.8 to 62.3 per cent.
  • WA: Unemployment up from 5 to 5.2 per cent; participation steady at 68.4 per cent.
  • Tas: Unemployment steady at 7.5 per cent; participation up from 60.9 to 61 per cent.
  • NT: Unemployment up from 4.5 to 4.8 per cent; participation down from 74.8 to 74.4 per cent.
  • ACT: Unemployment up from 3.8 to 3.9 per cent; participation steady at 71.2 per cent.

Source: ABS. All data seasonally adjusted, except Tasmania, NT and ACT which are trend, due to small sample size.
The full story by Michael Janda can be read on ABC News

Join the discussion on Youth Unemployment at the Longterm Unemployment Conference to be held 18-19 August at the QT Gold Coast. It is paramount to Australia’s future to pull in our unemployment rate and reduce the impact on key at-risk groups.

The conference will address further, the causes and programs needed to provide opportunities for at other high risk groups: Disability, Mature Age,  Indigenous and Regional Unemployed.  It will focus on “Building Capability” to create employment in the future with over 50 presentations on research, policy, programs and case studies.