Reports and Papers
Demand-Led Employment Services Roundtable Report
Exploring Ways to Increase Employment Opportunities for Australians who are Disadvantaged in the Labour Market
On 13 December 2012, the Australian Council of Social Service, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Business Council of Australia jointly hosted a roundtable on demand-led employment services, attended by 27 participants from a range of backgrounds.
The joint roundtable was held as part of a shared commitment by the three peak bodies to work collaboratively towards providing employment opportunities for Australians who are disadvantaged in the labour market, and giving employers access to workers who meet their skills needs.
It followed the release of a joint statement, Opportunity for All, outlining how the three organisations will cooperate to tackle entrenched disadvantage through collaborative action.
The purpose of the roundtable was to start a dialogue about how we can address the needs of employers, communities and jobseekers to ensure that Australians who are disadvantaged in the labour market have the opportunity to find and keep real, meaningful paid employment.
Demand-led employment is one of a number of approaches aimed at improving employment outcomes, by connecting jobseekers early with employers who can offer them a pathway to decent work.
This report provides an overview of the discussions that took place on the day around the essential elements of an employment and training system required for a demand-led approach to be successful, and some of the challenges to putting these elements in place.