18 August 2022, SBS News, Jessica Bahr. Access the full article here.

Australia’s unemployment rate has dropped to a historic low, but some groups are being left behind. Why?

Unemployment numbers in Australia have hit record lows for the past few months, but these patterns aren’t echoed across all demographics.

According to June data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 23.5 per cent of Australia’s unemployed population have come from areas where English is not the main language.

Language barriers, lack of Australian work experience, limited social networks, and issues in having skills and qualifications recognised routinely pose challenges for these jobseekers when looking for work.

It’s not easy, you need to support your resume, undertake courses, have local experience, in order for any employer to trust you’ll be a good fit … it was pretty hard at the beginning to get a chance.

– Tania

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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