News | 28 July 2014

Consultations on the reporting requirements under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 being conducted by the Department of Employment, in consultation with the Office for Women within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, commenced on 15 May 2014. To ensure views of all interested parties can be considered, the Department of Employment has extended the closing date for submissions until 5 pm AEST, 30 September 2014.

More information on the consultations including how to lodge a submission is available

News | 25 July 2014

Current Job Services Australia contracts expire on 30 June 2015.

The Department of Employment will be releasing an Exposure Draft of the purchasing arrangements for the Australian Government’s employment services to operate from 1 July 2015. 

The Exposure Draft of the Employment Services 2015-2020 Purchasing Arrangements will be available at from 9am, Monday 28 July 2014.

Information sessions on the Exposure Draft will be held in these capital cities and regional centres
Date Location
30 July 2014 Melbourne
31 July 2014 Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Bendigo
1 August 2014 Perth, Cairns, Canberra and Coffs Harbour
4 August 2014

Hobart and Wagga Wagga


News | 25 July 2014

The Vacancy Report for June 2014 shows that online vacancies increased by 1.6% in trend terms over the month and are now 10.6% higher than in June 2013. Over the year, there were particularly strong increases in online vacancies in New South Wales (up by 19.7%) and Victoria (12.7%).

More information is available in the Vacancy Report.

News | 18 July 2014

Registration is now open for media representatives interested in covering the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting (LEMM).

The LEMM will be held in Melbourne on 10–11 September 2014.

Labour and Employment Ministers from the G20 participant countries and European Union will be attending this global forum.

The registration process is being coordinated by the Department of Employment. Registration opened at 10 am today (18 July), and closes at midnight on 29 August 2014.

Australian and international media are encouraged to register prior to the event to ensure direct access to media facilities and updates and information about the LEMM.

To register for media attendance and for more information please visit:

News | 17 July 2014

Large and small employers across Australia are encouraged to get involved in JOBS 2014 by offering work opportunities, including Apprenticeships and Traineeships, to job seekers aged under 25.

Woolworths have announced that they will create 200 new jobs for young people as part of JOBS 2014.

A Jobs 2014 website has been established. The website enables both employers and young job seekers to register their details and provides additional information on this initiative.

News | 16 July 2014

Logo restart experience pays

Prime Minister Tony Abbot and Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker attended a media launch on Friday 11 July, at the Novotel, Brighton Beach in Sydney to officially launch the Restart programme.

Restart provides a $10,000 incentive to employers to hire and retain mature age job seekers aged 50 and over who have been in receipt of income support for six months or more.

A national advertising campaign for Restart and mature age employment started this week to raise awareness of the benefits of employing mature age workers and the Restart programme. The campaign will include print, radio and online advertising. The first phase of the campaign runs from now until the end of October 2014.

News | 10 July 2014

Information about the tender process is available at the Aus Tender website.

Work for the Dole commenced in 18 selected areas across Australia from 1 July 2014. The programme will be phased in moving to a full national scheme from 1 July 2015.

If you require further non-tender related information on the commencement of Work for the Dole arrangements in these areas, an email can be sent to

News | 9 July 2014

The Monthly Leading Indicator of Employment can be used to predict the growth cycle of employment. The July 2014 report is now available.

News | 1 July 2014

The Australian Government has introduced a number of new initiatives starting from 1 July 2014 to help more Australians to move away from welfare dependency and into a job.

News | 30 June 2014

The programme provides financial assistance to eligible job seekers who relocate for ongoing work or an apprenticeship outside their local area. A job seeker needs to be a Fully Eligible Participant in Job Services Australia or participating in Disability Employment Services, be in receipt of an eligible income support payment (Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance (other) and Parenting Payment) for the last 12 months and have activity test or participation requirements in order to be eligible for...

News | 26 June 2014

Minister for Employment Eric Abetz has recorded a video message to employers where he speaks about the range of new measures and incentives available from the Australian Government from 1 July 2014. The suite of measures is designed to help employers hire new staff and invest further in their business, as well as deliver opportunities to Australians to move off welfare dependency and into work.

News | 25 June 2014

The Vacancy Report for May 2014 shows that online vacancies have fallen for three consecutive months. However, over the year, there were strong increases in online vacancies for Construction Trades (up by 34.9%) and Medical Practitioners and Nurses (31.8%).

More information is available in the Vacancy Report

News | 5 June 2014

On 4 June the Fair Work Commission Annual Wage Review 2013-14 lifted the national minimum wage and minimum wages in modern awards.

The national minimum wage will be $640.90 per week or $16.87 per hour.

This constitutes to an increase of $18.70 per week to the weekly rate (3 per cent) or 50 cents per hour to the hourly rate.

Modern Award wages will also increase by 3 per cent.

The Annual Wage Review 2013–14 decision will directly affect over 1.5 million employees in Australia who are reliant upon award rates of pay or the national minimum wage and their employers.

Increases in the minimum wage and minimum wages in modern awards will be implemented on 1 July.

Further information is available on the Fair Work Commission website.

News | 2 June 2014

More information can be found on the Review of Transfer of Business Amendments website. 

News | 30 May 2014

The Australian Jobs 2014 publication released by the Department of Employment on 23 May reflects the changing nature of jobs in Australia.

It notes that there are opportunities for employment in all industries, but half of all new positions over the next five years are expected to be created in Health Care and Social Assistance, Education and Training, and Retail Trade.

Australian Jobs helps people understand where the jobs are, and the skills required to meet employers’ needs.

More information is available in Australian Jobs 2014.

News | 28 May 2014

Assistant Minister for Employment Hartsuyker today announced the 18 locations where Work for the Dole will commence on 1 July this year.

Job seekers aged 18 and under 30 who are attached to a Job Services Australia provider in these areas that have a Work Experience Activity Requirement will meet their requirements by participating in Work for the Dole for around 15 hours a week for six months.

A tender process will soon be launched to find Work for the Dole Coordinators.

Further information about the 18 locations is available.

News | 23 May 2014

The Vacancy Report contains the Internet Vacancy Index which is based on a count of new online vacancies that were lodged on SEEK, My Career, CareerOne and Australian Job Search.

Around 171,100 newly lodged vacancies were advertised during April. In trend terms the index decreased by 0.2%. The index has risen by 5.0% since the all-time low recorded in August 2013.

More information is available in the Vacancy Report.

News | 19 May 2014

The department is inviting interested parties to provide feedback or make a submission in response to the workplace gender reporting requirements.

The consultation process will identify opportunities to streamline reporting requirements to ensure gender reporting represents the best value for effort and will drive change.

More information on the consultations including how to have your say is available.

News | 16 May 2014

The second biennial Seasonal Worker Program conference will be held from 4-8 of August 2014 on the Gold Coast. The conference will provide an opportunity for partner country delegates, Australian employers, regional organisations and officials to network and workshop on key Seasonal Worker Program matters.

Further information will be available shortly.

For further information please contact the Seasonal Worker Program Team on the information line +61 (02) 6240 5234 or email us

News | 14 May 2014

The Budget contains high-profile employment measures that are central to the Australian Government’s policy agenda.

Two new programmes were announced as part of the Budget. The Restart wage subsidy providing incentives for employers to hire eligible mature age job seekers and a reinvigorated Work for the Dole programme to help young job seekers develop the skills valued by employers.

To see the Portfolio Budget Statements and agency outcomes, visit our 2014-15 Budget page.

News | 13 May 2014

On 8 May the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) announced that the unemployment rate remained steady last month at 5.8 per cent.

Employment increased by 14,200 over the month to 11,572,900, a record high.  Full-time employment increased by 14,200 to 8,045,100 and part-time employment was unchanged at 3,527,800.

The participation rate was 64.7 per cent in April compared with 64.8 per cent in the previous month.

Further information is available on the ABS website in the April 2014 issue of Labour Force Australia (cat. No. 6202.0).

News | 12 May 2014

Generation Success is an industry-driven initiative, led by Woolworths and News Corp.

The aim of Generation Success is to increase awareness of youth unemployment issues across the country, encourage employers to consider the employment of young people and support young people already in the workplace.

A number of resources for job seekers and employers have recently been added to the Generation Success webpage:

For job seekers

Fact Sheet: Where are you looking for jobs?

Fact Sheet: Are you ready for your interview?

Article: What CEOs are looking for in young job seekers

News | 2 May 2014

Follow the Seasonal Worker Program on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news about the programme.

News | 1 May 2014

On the 28 April, 37 finalists from across Australia were honoured at the 9th annual Safe Work Australia Awards at Old Parliament House in Canberra.

The awards showcase the best workplace safety solutions, innovations and systems across Australia and are a celebration of what can be achieved to reduce workplace incidents and deaths.

Individuals and organisations of all sizes across four categories were recognised for their outstanding contributions to work health and safety.

All 37 finalists were winners of their respective category at their work health and safety regulator awards in 2013.

More information about the Safe Work Australia Awards, including a list of finalists and winners as well as photos from the night, is available on the Safe Work Australia website.

News | 22 April 2014

The Job Commitment Bonus is part of the Australian Government’s plan to boost workforce participation and productivity in Australia.

The bonus will provide a payment of $2500 to young Australian job seekers who have been unemployed for 12 months or more, if they find and keep a job and remain completely off welfare for a continuous period of 12 months.

Job seekers will receive a further payment of $4000 if they remain in a job and off welfare for a continuous 24 month period.

The bonus will provide long-term unemployed young Australians with a real incentive to get into paid work.

The bonus will only be available to Australians aged 18 to 30 who are receiving Newstart or Youth Allowance (as job seekers) for 12 months or more.