Engaging our Potential: The Economic and Social Necessity of Increasing Workforce Participation

22 October 2007

New policy thinking and concerted action is needed if Australia is to reduce the unacceptable number of Australians who are jobless or on the margins of the workforce at a time of record employment.

This paper, Engaging our Potential: The Economic and Social Necessity of Increasing Workforce Participation, outlines the need for cooperation between governments, business and the community if Australia is to lift the bar on job creation and opportunity for those missing out on prosperity.
 
The paper estimates that more than a million Australians are able to work but can’t due to barriers such as financial, tax, infrastructure and child care impediments, and employer perceptions on issues such as age or time out of the workforce.

Engaging our Potential: The Economic and Social Necessity of Increasing Workforce Participation (paper)

New Thinking Needed to Find Jobs for Those Who Want Them (news release)