Looking at unemployment

I have been getting up to speed with the topic of unemployment in Australia. An overview of the unemployment rate over the last decade:

  • Lots of news stories of job cuts- Toyota, Ford, Rio Tinto, QLD Government
  • And job cut speculation- Fairfax, NAB, Tafe, Macquarie
  • Experts believe unemployment will rise to a max of 6% by the end of the year (ABC News excerpt)
  • Unemployment in June has come down from 6.3% in 2002, to 5.1% in 2012, fluctuating between 6.1% and 4.2% in the years between (ABS Statistics).
  • Job gains in service related areas and mining.
  • Job losses in retail and manufacturing.

An overview of the services provided to the unemployed by the government:

  • There are many services to help you get employed, not many on how to deal with unemployment, or how to be less reliant on your employment. E.g. Youth Allowance, NewStartLocal Connections to Work,
  • There is a focus on youth and the long term unemployed, not so much on the recently unemployed.
  • Many services are finance based with occasional skills training (writing a resume etc.), not focused on lifestyle or upskilling.

Other food for thought:

People groups in ‘barriers to increased labour force participation’

Main reasons for available people not looking for more work

Main difficulties in finding more work


Government support of design in business

‘The Premier’s Design Awards’ competition is now open!

“The Premier’s Design Awards have a unique and prestigious position in Victoria. They illustrate the latest in design thinking both from Victorian designers and Victorian businesses that use design, demonstrating excellence and innovation.

The Premier’s Design Awards recognise and reward excellence and leadership in the use of design, where design has been used effectively, sustainably and strategically to innovate, increase market share, boost productivity and/or boost competiveness and exports.”

If you fulfill the criteria, please enter and tell us how you go.

Social Traders

I went to a DESIS forum a fortnight ago on the topic of starting a DESIS hub in Melbourne and Mark Daniels of Social Traders spoke.

This is what they have to say:

Social Traders is a small nonprofit organisation established in 2008 to support and encourage the establishment of commercially viable social enterprises throughout Australia. Working with government, community, business and research partners, we aim to:

  • Raise awareness about social enterprise and demonstrate its benefits
  • Open up markets for social enterprise products and services
  • Increase finance available to start and develop social enterprises
  • Build capacity of social enterprises to trade successfully
  • Support the coordination of social enterprise development in Australia.

They define social enterprise as organisations that:

a. Are led by an economic, social, cultural, or environmental mission consistent with a public or community benefit;
b. Trade to fulfil their mission;
c. Derive a substantial portion of their income from trade; and
d. Reinvest the majority of their profit/surplus in the fulfilment of their mission.

It was great to discover that there is support and financial encouragement for social enterprise, though this organisation only assists Victorian businesses.