News | 12 July 2017

The Indicator provides advance warnings of whether employment is likely to grow faster or slower than its long-term trend rate of growth and is produced by the Australian Government Department of Employment.

The Department of Employment’s Monthly Leading Indicator of Employment (the Indicator) has fallen for the fourth consecutive month in July 2017.

The July 2017 report is now available.

News | 30 June 2017

The Australian Government has announced the commencement of the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial.

The new two year trial, available from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2019, encourages participants to take up short term work placements in the horticultural industry, to help address the seasonal labour demands of growers.

Participants who have been receiving Newstart or Youth Allowance (other) for a minimum of three months and take up seasonal horticultural work, such as picking and packing fruit, nuts or other crops, under the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial, may be able to earn up to $5,000 without reducing their payments.

The Trial is being managed by jobactive, Transition to Work and Disability Employment Services providers, who will work closely with growers to ensure they get the right help to meet their needs.

Please refer to the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial page for more information.

News | 28 June 2017

A helpful resource for job seekers, students, careers advisers and those exploring their career options has been released by the Department of Employment.

Australian Jobs 2017 provides a snapshot of the labour market at the national, state and regional level and for industries and occupations, as well as guidance about job search and the skills employers value.

Many factors influence the Australian labour market, and Australian Jobs 2017 provides information about the current economic climate to assist users to make informed work and training choices.

Where Australians are seeking to learn about a career in a particular industry, they can use the Australian Jobs 2017 report to see the range of occupations offered within that industry, as well as the main training pathways and the locations of jobs.

News | 18 May 2017

The Migrant Workers' Taskforce, chaired by Professor Allan Fels AO, was established by Minister Cash on 4 October 2016. The Taskforce held its third meeting in April 2017.

The latest statement from the Chair has been released.

News | 11 May 2017

The jobactive caseload by site data is available on the Labour Market Information Portal. You can use the data to drill down through Employment Regions to find jobactive provider sites with suitable Indigenous, refugee and young job seekers. The data also lets you view site contact details of the jobactive provider.

The Labour Market Information Portal has data from a range of sources to help you understand your local labour market and inform your employment strategy. You can subscribe to keep up-to-date with latest information on the portal.

News | 9 May 2017

The Budget includes a number of new employment measures to help more people into work, including by providing the necessary training and skills to be job ready.

To see the Portfolio Budget Statements and agency outcomes, visit our 2017–18 Budget page.

News | 8 May 2017

KPMG Australia was commissioned by the Department in early 2016 to develop a profile of the Australian recruitment industry. The final report was delivered to the Department on 31 August 2016.

The aim of the project was to develop a profile of the Australian recruitment industry, with a particular focus on the commercial sector and a comparison with public employment services. The report considers the structure and development of the industry, the market focus of the different sectors and their performance. Differences are highlighted between the sectors, notably in client base, business cycles and processes.

Some key observations in the KPMG report are:

News | 24 April 2017

Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining is a quarterly report that provides data, and an accompanying explanatory summary, on quarterly growth in wages and agreement making in the federal workplace relations system.

The data are obtained from the Department of Employment's Workplace Agreements Database.

You can view the report on the Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining page.

News | 4 April 2017

The Awards have 18 categories, a majority of which are the culmination of state and territory training awards programs. There are seven awards available by entering directly to the Australian Training Awards.

The 2017 Australian Training Awards direct entry categories are open for application now and include:



News | 22 March 2017

A group of Transition to Work and jobactive clients from Workskil Australia in Port Augusta have successfully completed a Certificate II in Civil Construction.

Read more about how they completed a seven week Civil Train SA Port Augusta course.

Transition to Work can help you get training and practical skills to find a job. You will get help to develop the skills employers are looking for.

To find out if you’re eligible visit the Transition to Work page.

News | 8 March 2017

Seventeen-year-old Mikala Wade-Ferrell, from the North Coast left school halfway through Year 11 so that she could start working full-time to support herself living out of home.

ETC a Transition to Work provider helped Mikala develop a resume and practice her interview skills. She found a full-time role as the Assistant Manager at Nourish Health food shop in Ballina and completed a Certificate III in Retail.

“I was losing interest in school but I found the Transition to Work program helped me to move into work.”

Watch the video to see how the support from ETC Transition to Work helped Mikala on her way to a better future.

If you are aged 15-21, Transition to Work can help you get training and practical skills to find a job, and will help you to develop the skills employers are looking for.

To find out if you’re eligible visit Transition to...

News | 8 March 2017

Nearly a year ago, Ghulam Abbas arrived in Australia as a refugee from Afghanistan. He was only 19 and alone in Australia without any family support. He was very keen to continue his secondary education but his applications to attend a number of different schools were rejected.

Transition to Work provider, Mission Australia became Ghulam’s advocates and quickly found him a place at high school mid-way through term three. Ghulam has been working very hard to achieve his education goals and has a bright future thanks to Mission Australia's Transition to Work service.

Read Ghulam’s inspiring story.

If you are 15-21 and haven’t completed school, Transition to Work can connect you with education services including traineeships and apprenticeships.

Contact your local Transition to Work provider to...

News | 1 March 2017

The Empowering YOUth Initiatives seek to help young Australians improve their skills, address personal barriers and move toward sustainable employment.

The 21 successful organisations have been offered the opportunity to join the 19 organisations from Round 1 in delivering grassroots services and new approaches to help young people on their pathways to employment.

Applicants in Round 2 were able to apply for grant funding of up to $5 million to deliver initiatives over two years to young people aged 15 to 24. Each of the successful organisations was selected for their experience and innovative approach.

A key part of Empowering YOUth Initiatives is the evaluation findings. The Department of Employment will partner with successful organisations to support the evaluation of each initiative, which will inform new policies and programs targeted at young people.

News | 22 February 2017

jobactive PaTH Employability Skills Training Providers will deliver intensive training to young people to build their core employability skills. Training will cover basic work skills plus advanced job search, interview and career development skills. 

Providers are being appointed following a call for proposals in October 2016. All are Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and include for-profit and not-for-profit organisations and industry associations.

For more information visit the procurement page.

News | 21 February 2017

The Department of Employment has announced the outcomes of the Request for Proposal for the Employability Skills Training Panel 2017-2020. Organisations offered places on the panel can be found on the Department of Employment's procurement webpage

News | 16 February 2017

The Australian Government tabled its response to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration Report ‘Seasonal change’ on 16 February 2017. You can find the Australian Government Response in the Resources section of the Seasonal Worker Programme website

News | 23 January 2017

On 23 January 2017, the Government released its response to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman’s (the Ombudsman) Inquiry Report into the effect of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal’s Payments Order on Australian small businesses.

In her report, the Ombudsman, Ms Kate Carnell AO, makes 13 findings and 14 recommendations. The Government response notes the Ombudsman’s findings and supports eight recommendations in full and three in principle. The Government notes the remaining three recommendations.

News | 22 December 2016

On 22 December 2016, the Department released a report on the prevalence, nature and impact of unpaid work experience in Australia. The report, which was based on the results of a nationally representative survey of 3,800 Australians aged 18-64 years, found that unpaid work experience is common in Australia. Many of the survey results were positive, for example:

News | 9 December 2016

A fresh, new look Labour Market Information Portal (LMIP) is now live.

Re-launched on 9 December 2016, the LMIP is a useful resource for employment service providers, job seekers and employers who are looking to gain a better understanding of their local labour market.

The new look portal now includes an enhanced content navigation tool, interactive map and Employment Region (ER) channel to provide up-to-date labour market information for the 51 employment regions across Australia.

To find out more visit the new portal at

News | 5 December 2016

The Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Initiative will support Australians, particularly young people, who want to start their own business. Four key measures make up the Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Initiative, which is part of the broader Youth Employment Package announced in the 2016-2017 Budget

The four key measures include:

Entrepreneurship Facilitators

Entrepreneurship Facilitators work in three high youth unemployment areas promoting entrepreneurship as a way for young people to create their own job. The facilitators help young people considering starting a small business to get their idea up and running.

News | 3 November 2016

This assistance will help those directly impacted by providing intensive career transitioning services through jobactive, the Government’s recruitment service, helping them to re-connect with work as quickly as possible. They will also have access to the “What’s Next” website, which provides a range of information and self-help resources.

To learn more about the Hazelwood Structural Adjustment Program, visit the employment assistance information of the departments website.

News | 11 October 2016

The Department of Employment received more than 70 submissions in response to the Employability Skills Training Consultation Paper from a range of organisations and individuals. Overall the feedback was positive and supported the general approach outlined in the paper.

The most common feedback was that the program design needs to be more flexible to allow for different models of delivery to meet the entry-level requirements of particular industries, and that the training fee needs to be increased to ensure the training is of high quality. The department supports these views and is responding by adjusting the design of the program.

The department’s full response to stakeholder feedback on the Employability Skills Training consultation paper is available.