8 December 2022, Guardian Australia, Jordyn Beazley. Access the full article here.

Anglicare says there are 15 applicants per position but many often stand little chance of success due to lack of experience, age and other barriers

Thousands of Australians have been locked out of the job market and trapped in unemployment for years as entry-level jobs slowly disappear and no longer meet demand.

The findings are in a snapshot of Australia’s available jobs for this year by Anglicare Australia which urged compulsory participation of Workforce Australia and mutual obligations be scrapped considering its failing getting people into work.

The snapshot found on average in Australia there are 15 people to every entry-level job. Of these 15 people, on average two experience significant barriers to gaining work, meaning they often don’t stand a chance of securing the job.

We’ve come through a period of high employment yet our findings show there’s a pool of Australians that have not shared in this prosperity and have remained long-term unemployed

– Anglicare Executive Director, Kasy Chambers

Employment services survey

The Punishment for Profit report is based on hundreds of responses to surveys conducted by the Antipoverty Centre. This research is ongoing. If you are in Workforce Australia, Disability Employment Services or a similar program, we welcome any information you are able to share about your experiences.

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