The nature of work is rapidly changing and some groups fare better than others in this dynamic labour market. Young people often struggle to get a first job and for those who have time out of the labour force it’s often hard to find another job.

Labour market Equity

Workers in low-paid, insecure jobs frequently move in and out of work or are caught in dead-end jobs. Some groups are unable to get a foothold in work and as a result are effectively locked out of the labour market.

Our research examines the lived experience of labour market disadvantage and analyses secondary data to understand trends. We study pathways into and out of work to identify the factors that help or hinder people to get, keep and advance in employment. We also investigate what is needed to foster inclusive employment and identify useful labour market interventions.

Featured research

Enhancing employment services for mature-age jobseekers

Existing policy responses to workforce age discrimination tend to focus on the role of employers in providing opportunities for older Australians. This research project by contrast will focus on employment services.

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Current and recent work


Understanding and preventing workforce vulnerabilities in midlife and beyond

This study examined mature aged people's lived experience, pathways and outcomes of involuntary non-participation or underparticipation in paid work.

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Life Chances study

The latest stage of this unique longitudinal study examines how family income, social class, ethnicity and gender affect the education and employment pathways of young people. 

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Youth Unemployment Monitor

The Brotherhood's campaign to address youth unemployment is supported by research snapshots.

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