Investigators: Megan Moskos

Commenced: 2007-02
Funding body: Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology


During the past fifteen years of expansion, the Australian economy's rates of employment have continued to increase and are now higher than they have been since the early 1990s. There are, however, a large number of South Australians who are not currently participating in the labour market, or would like to work more hours than their current employment offers.

The National Institute of Labour Studies is currently investigating the reasons why more South Australians are not in paid employment. It is doing this in conjunction with the Workforce Development Directorate in the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST) by:

    * analysing workforce participation trends in South Australia
    * mapping state based project and program effort aimed at increasing the workforce participation of disadvantaged population groups
    * surveying relevant literature and reviewing key recommendations in existing studies
    * collecting and analysing qualitative data.

While there are known barriers to workforce participation among some groups, more research is required to continue developing effective strategies for engaging more South Australians in sustainable jobs. One focus of this project will be to conduct a large number of interviews with individuals who are currently not participating in the labour market, as well as those who wish to be working more hours or are at risk of becoming unemployed.

In addition, the views of persons who are currently engaged through industry and agencies in identifying and addressing barriers to workforce participation are being gathered.

The findings from this research project will be made available via the Workforce Information Service during 2007 in the form of news items, discussion papers, preliminary and final reports, including recommendations for future action.

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