Funding from the Australian Bureau of Statistics to better collect data on disadvantage
The Australian Bureau of Statistics will receive an additional $4 million to better measure barriers and incentives to labor market participation.
Following the success of the Jobs and Skills Summit in Canberra last week, Deputy Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury Andrew Leigh and Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth will announce today new funding to increase frequency of data collection to annually, from currently every two years, with partial release of data quarterly.
This decision will allow government, businesses and policy makers to be better armed with information on what is preventing disadvantaged cohorts from entering the labor market. For the government in particular, this will help to target future policy responses.
Current survey data do not allow for robust estimates of barriers and incentives to participation specific to key subpopulations. To complement survey data and provide better insights into the unique barriers and incentives applicable to these subpopulations, ABS will work with key government departments to identify and leverage existing administrative data sets.
The combination of survey and administrative data aims to provide information on barriers for women, unpaid caregivers, people with disabilities, seniors, First Nations people, culturally and linguistically diverse people, and those who live in remote areas.
It is estimated that this re-collection and publication of the survey will cost up to $4 million more than previously estimated.
Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said with record high unemployment, it was crucial barriers to employment were dismantled so that anyone who wanted to work could get meaningful employment.
“We know there are many disadvantaged Australians who want to work, but due to prejudice or perceived barriers they cannot enter the labor market,” Minister Rishworth said.
“This collection and publication of additional data will give us a clearer picture of what is happening and help formulate solutions to help those who need it most.”
Deputy Minister for Competition, Charities and the Treasury, Andrew Leigh, said that although the data had been collected over time, releasing more frequent data sets would help generate the best policy results.
“Data is currently published every two years, but will now be published quarterly alongside an annual publication. This will include updated information in November,” Dr Leigh said.
“This is vital information to help employers tap into the full diversity of talent in Australia and help some of the country’s most marginalized communities join the workforce.”
The Albanian Labor Government’s Jobs and Skills Summit launched a number of initiatives aimed at building a larger, better educated and more productive workforce, raising real wages and living standards and create opportunities for more Australians.
Today’s announcement is another example of what happens when industry, government, labor and stakeholders work together to address the challenges facing our nation.