CDP is Doing More Harm than Good in Remote Australia

  Around the middle of 2016, disturbing data began to emerge about the impacts of Australian Government policy to tackle high rates of unemployment in remote communities. The data showed the number of financial penalties being applied to unemployed people in remote Australia was increasing at an alarming rate. Those affected were participants in the Community Development Program (CDP), which commenced in July 2015.  More than 80% of participants in …

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How to Stay Motivated during your Job Search

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, if you become unemployed after the age of 35, the minimum average length of time taken to find another job is 50 weeks. Of course this is only an average and some will find jobs more quickly than others. The question is how do you do better than the average in finding your next job? A trained career counsellor can help here. I …

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Experts Blame Unemployment on the Unemployed

Most people recognise the folly of blaming the victim, yet they don’t always recognise when they’re doing it. Today, many well intentioned practitioners who work to eliminate involuntary unemployment have adopted a mindset which reinforces the idea that there’s something lacking in those who are unemployed. The approach they take seems logical enough; businesses create jobs, so ask businesses what needs to happen so that they can hire more workers. …

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Structural barriers to employability for at-risk youth

Paula McDonald; Katherine Moore; Deanna Grant-Smith, Queensland University of Technology. Young Australians who are at risk of long term unemployment face a range of system-level challenges. Our research draws on four separate research projects to identify these challenges and to subsequently inform policy and institutional change. Data comprised: (1) 50 de-identified cases of young job seekers registered with a job active provider; (2) 80 in-depth interviews with young job-seekers; (3) …

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Will unemployment surge put additional pressure on Rural Mental Health Services

THE latest unemployment rates in the Launceston and North-East regions compare with the South Australian outback as some of the worst in the country. Full-time jobs fell to 152 600 with regional data showing a bleak future for the North of Tasmania. Georgie Burgess from The Examiner (Friday 8th August 2014) stated: Launceston and the North-East are in the top six highest unemployment rates in the country, out of almost …

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