Employment and Skills Strategies in Australia focuses on the role of local employment and training agencies in contributing to job creation and productivity. It looks at the role of Local Employment Coordinators, introduced by the Department of Employment to work in 20 "priority employment areas" which were identified as needing extra assistance following the global financial crisis. This report is part of a comparative OECD review of local job creation policies, which explores how countries are putting measures in place at the local level to stimulate quality employment, social inclusion and growth.
Table of contents:
Acronyms and abbreviations 7 Executive summary 9 Reader’s guide 11 Chapter 1. Policy context for employment and skills in Australia 15 -Australia’s economy and political administration 16 -The governance framework for employment policies 18 -Vocational education and training policies 22 -Economic development policies 24 -Summary of institutional arrangements 25 -Recent policy developments 26 -Policy responses during the crisis 26 -References 31 Chapter 2. Overview of the Australian case study areas 33 -Overview 34 -Ballarat-Bendigo Priority Employment Area, Victoria 34 -Ipswich-Logan Priority Employment Area, Queensland 36 -The balance between skills supply and demand 38 -References 41 Chapter 3. Local Job Creation Dashboard findings in Australia 43 -Overview of results from the Local Job Creation Dashboard 44 -Theme 1: Better aligning policies and programmes to local economic development 45 -Theme 2: Adding value through skills 53 -Theme 3: Targeting policy to local employment sectors and investing in quality jobs 58 -Theme 4: Being inclusive 61 -References 67 Chapter 4. Towards an action plan for jobs in Australia: Recommendations and best practices 69 -Better aligning policies and programmes to local economic development 70 -Assessment of the Priority Employment Area Initiative/Local Employment Co-ordinator Model 71 -Adding value through skills 77 -Targeting policy to local employment sectors and investing in quality jobs 80 -Being inclusive 82 -References 85