News | 20 January 2015

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 | 14 January 2015

A new version of the monthly Leading Indicator of Employment has been released today.

The new and improved Indicator, with an average lead time of 13 months and improved forecasting capabilities, provides a better advance warning of the turning points in cyclical employment.

The Indicator, which has been in existence for more than two decades, 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 January 2015 report is now available.

News | 10 December 2014

On 5 December 2014, the Minister for Employment, Senator Abetz acknowledged the Australian Council of Trade Union (ACTU) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (ACCI) achievement in increasing employment opportunities in the Pacific, through the Pacific Growth Employment Project. The Minister received a report on the Project from ACTU President Ged Kearney and ACCI Director of Employment, Education and Training Jenny Lambert.

Over the last two years, the project has increased employment opportunities in Papua New Guinea’s transport sector and Vanuatu’s tourism sector by drawing on the experience of Australian businesses to develop strategies that prepare youth for employment and create opportunities for the indigenous workforce. The project has also focused on skills development, with Australian standard training certificates now being provided in the transport sector in PNG.

News | 4 December 2014

After an extended period out of the workforce, 57 year old Yvonne was feeling disheartened in her search for employment. Even though she had the experience and the skills, Yvonne was still not finding it easy to secure an ongoing full time position.

Yvonne’s employment services provider contacted Tile Boutique and helped them to realise the benefits of both mature age workers and the Restart wage subsidy.

After meeting Yvonne, Tile Boutique were more than happy to take her on at their retail store. The family owned and operated business prides themselves on their sales team and have been very pleased with Yvonne’s contribution to their business. With 15 stores across the country, it is integral to Tile Boutique that their customers receive the same level of service at every location and Yvonne has strived to achieve this.

News | 28 November 2014

The Department will be conducting an information session for organisations interested in applying to the RAI as follows:

  • Title: Webinar – QAF Multi-use Auditor List Information Session
  • Date: Thursday 4 December 2014
  • Time: 2.00pm to 3.00pm ADST

This information session will be a repeat of the information session conducted on 25 November 2014. The Department encourages all interested organisations to register to attend the information session.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

View the System Requirements necessary to participate.

News | 28 November 2014

The revised advance release contains amendments to the earlier version which was released on 17 April 2014. Changes include:

  • applying the content requirements for enterprise agreements (section 11) to enterprise agreements that are varied (subsection 11(2A));
  • prohibiting reading down clauses in enterprise agreements (section 11A);
  • requiring that a code covered entity must comply with its obligations under the Migrations Act 1958 (subsection 9(4)); and
  • other minor technical amendments.

The new code will come into effect when the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2014 commences as an Act.

More information about the revised advance release of the Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Site) Code 2014 is available.

News | 20 November 2014

At 51, Peter Rayment has faced various barriers and setbacks in his journey to employment. After many years without work, Peter sought the help of an employment services provider to assist him to become more job-ready and secure a suitable position.

Peter’s provider in Forster assisted him to complete some retraining before connecting him with the IGA supermarket located in Nabiac, NSW. IGA were offering a Warehousing Traineeship which Peter applied for and was successful in obtaining. Peter’s eligibility for the Restart Programme was significant in encouraging the store manager Garth Mason to engage a mature age worker in the position.

News | 20 November 2014

Despite a diverse employment background with experience in welding, tyre fitting and vehicle body making, 51 year old Brett has struggled to find ongoing, full-time work.

Through the Restart Wage subsidy Brett was able to secure full-time employment with JAX Tyres and has been happily working as a tyre fitter since 1 September 2014.

Brett’s employment service provider in Taree had been working with him since last year, supporting him in his job search efforts. When JAX Tyres opened its doors in Taree just a few months ago and were in need of staff, Brett was referred for a position as a tyre fitter.

As a new business, JAX Tyres was really pleased to be able to access the support of Restart. The wage subsidy enabled them to take on someone like Brett who they could see had good experience but needed some retraining after being out of the industry for a number of years.

News | 19 November 2014

The new Quality Assurance Framework forms part of the Employment Services Deed 2015 – 2020, commencing from 1 July 2015.

The Quality Assurance Framework comprises two key elements:

  • Quality Principles developed by the department against which an Employment Provider must provide evidence, to demonstrate the delivery of quality services to job seekers, employers and the department; and
  • Certification against one of the department approved Quality Standards, ISO 9001, the National Standards for Disability Services, the Employment Services Industry Standard or Investors in People.

The certification process will be undertaken by an accredited third party Conformity Assessment Body (CAB), selected by the Employment Provider, from the department’s Quality Assurance Framework Multi-use Auditor List (MuL). Further information, regarding CAB inclusion on the MuL is located in the RAI documentation.

News | 31 October 2014

The Hon. Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs has extended a Memorandum of Understanding for the Seasonal Worker Program to the Republic of Fiji for consideration.

When signed, these documents establish a commitment by the Governments of Australia and Fiji to establish and maintain labour sending and receiving arrangements for the Seasonal Worker Program that will deliver benefits to the citizens of the Republic of Fiji and assist Australian employers to meet their seasonal demand for labour.

Once these steps are completed the Fijian Government will provide advice about how Fijian citizens can apply to participate in the Seasonal Worker Program.

For more information about Fiji and the SWP please see this list of Questions and Answers.

News | 30 October 2014

The Quality Assurance Framework comprises two key elements:

  • Quality Principles developed by the department against which an Employment Provider must provide evidence, to demonstrate the delivery of quality services to job seekers, employers and the department; and
  • Certification against one of the department approved Quality Standards, ISO 9001, the National Standards for Disability Services, the Employment Services Industry Standard or Investors in People.

The certification process will be undertaken by an accredited third party Conformity Assessment Body (CAB), selected by the Employment Provider, from the department’s Multi-use List (MuL). This MuL will be established via a prequalified tender.

News | 29 October 2014

In 2013, the JSA Quality Standards Pilot was undertaken to enable providers and the department to work together to review the proposed Quality Assurance Framework.  

The evaluation of the Quality Standards Pilot is now available.

News | 27 October 2014

The Generation Success Young Job Seeker page provides support for young people who are ready to enter the workforce and need help to plan their career. The page provides links to practical tips, videos, quizzes and labour market information to help job seekers identify possible career pathways and understand what skills they may need to enter their dream industry.

This page also provides inspiring stories from prominent Australians, advice on what employers are looking for in potential workers and links to information that will help in the job search and application process.

Visit this page at Resources for Young Job Seekers. Subscribe to receive information on future updates at

News | 22 October 2014

The Australian Government today announced improvements to modernise and streamline the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner (OFSC) and the Australian Government Building and Construction WHS Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme). These improvements follow a major review undertaken by the Department of Employment earlier this year. The improvements will commence from 1 January 2015.

The Government leverages its purchasing power to ensure that only builders that meet the Scheme’s high safety standards are able to contract for Commonwealth funded building and construction projects.

News | 16 September 2014

In July 2015 the Employment Services System (ESS) moves to the web.  The new system will be used by JSA and DES providers.

Register for the Employment Dashboard 2015 webinar to be hosted on Thursday, October 02, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM AEST

This webinar is different from the July 2015 Design Consultation (Workflows, menus etc).  The Dashboard Consultation will be focusing on what your exact role is within your organisation and what information is important to you to complete your job.

News | 12 September 2014

Ministers from across the G20 met together in Melbourne from 10–11 September 2014 for the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting

 Labour and employment ministers committed to take concrete actions to address the ongoing challenge of high youth unemployment, with around 75 million young people around the world unemployed. 

Creating jobs and boosting participation are some of the top priorities for Australia’s G20 presidency year, strongly tied with the G20’s goal of strengthening growth. The Labour and Employment Ministerial Declaration includes policy priorities to prevent structural unemployment, create better jobs and boost participation across the G20. 

News | 9 September 2014

Senior employment officials from across the G20 met for the last time in 2014 to finalise the details for the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting, from 10–11 September 2014  in Melbourne.

The taskforce has been working throughout the year to determine the best approaches to create better jobs, boost participation and prevent unemployment from becoming structural across the G20.

International organisations such as the International Labour Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Bank have informed the taskforce’s work, along with views from the G20’s official engagement groups representing sectors such as business, labour, civil society, youth and think tanks.

Each G20 member has been developing an Employment Plan that sets out the actions they will take to address their individual and common employment challenges.

News | 28 August 2014

Work for the Dole Coordinators in 18 selected areas across Australia have been announced following a tender process.

The Coordinators will be the first point of contact for organisations wishing to be involved in Work for the Dole and offer places to eligible job seekers.

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.

A full list of the new Work for the Dole Coordinators and more information about the programme is available.

News | 13 August 2014

Information sessions on the exposure draft of the purchasing arrangements for the employment services system that will come into effect on 1 July 2015 were held in capital cities and some regional centres from 30 July 2014 to 5 August 2014.

A copy of the presentation is available.

News | 11 August 2014

The Generation Success website now includes a new page for young workers! This page links young people to resources to help them better navigate the world of work. Information includes young workers rights and responsibilities, how to stay safe at work, career videos and interactive quizzes.

The pages for parents and educators, and employers have also been updated with new resources and links to help them better support young people.

Visit Generation Success at Subscribe to receive information on future updates at

News | 31 July 2014

The Department of Employment is continuing to hold information sessions on the Australian Government’s 2015-2020 employment services model.

Information sessions on the exposure draft of the purchasing arrangements for the employment services system that will come into effect on 1 July 2015 have been held in capital cities and regional centres this week, with further sessions still to come.

Further information on session times and locations is available.

News | 30 July 2014

The G20 Taskforce on Employment met for the third time this year in Brisbane, Australia from 22–24 July 2014. Senior officials discussed how action on increasing female participation, making safer workplaces and encouraging people into formal work can boost employment and help grow the global economy.

Across the G20, female participation rates vary from seven to 58 per cent. G20 members acknowledged the benefits of increasing female labour force participation and how this can contribute to economic growth. Recognising the importance of female participation, many countries are including gender-relevant measures in their Employment Plans, which are designed to address the challenges faced in each country.

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 | 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.