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Rise in migrant workforce boosts wages for Australian workers Eliminating the skills mismatch of qualified migrants in Australia through improved jobs matching and better education and training could deliver $6 billion to the Australian economy each year, a new report released by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) today... Read article 1 November 2019Media Releases Read More
New report identifies 163,000 new jobs for WA workers Diversifying the State’s economy to develop emerging new sectors including defence, lithium, big data and tourism would create more than 163,000 new jobs in Western Australia within the next five years, a new report released by the Bankwest Curtin Economics... Read article 30 August 2019Media Releases Read More
Fall in ageing Australians’ home-ownership rates looms as seismic shock for housing policy Outright home ownership has long been regarded as a supporting pillar of Australian retirement incomes policies. A report released today by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) raises concerns that rising mortgage debt and falling home ownership rates... Read article 27 August 2019The Conversation Read More
Greater support needed for women pursuing careers in STEM, study finds Women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are facing barriers that require attitude changes and additional support – such as scholarships and tax breaks – in order for Australia to truly benefit from more women in the... Read article 3 July 2019Media Releases Read More
Housing stress easing for home owners but still an issue for renters — Rents not falling in line with WA’s softening housing market — — Policy intervention is required to generate a sustained supply of affordable housing — Low-income earners and single parents are among the Australian households who are regularly struggling... Read article 31 May 2019Media Releases Read More
Housing affordability has improved slightly, but people on lower incomes will continue to struggle The re-election of the Morrison government has delivered an Australian housing policy platform based on home ownership. The recently announced First Home Loan Deposit Scheme and the existing First Home Super Saver Scheme complement first home buyer grants and stamp... Read article 31 May 2019The Conversation Read More
Aussie students impacted by inequality of their family’s origins: study The gender stereotypes and cultural norms of a child’s family heritage impacts their academic performance in Australian schools, research led by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre shows. The research, published in The Australian Educational Researcher, compared 2015 Programme for International... Read article 22 May 2019Media Releases Read More
More hospitals will not cure Australia’s ailing health-care system. There’s a more efficient way The federal government has just promised to increase spending on public hospitals from A$21.7 billion in 2018 to A$26.2 billion by 2023. Expect more hospital promises in coming weeks. There is a long history of parties at both state and... Read article 9 April 2019The Conversation Read More
Gender equity. The way things are going, we won’t reach true parity until the 22nd century The good news this International Women’s Day is that women are now moving through the ranks into management roles faster than men. If things continue at this rate it will take just two more decades for women to hold the... Read article 8 March 2019The Conversation Read More
Equal share of female managers on the horizon, but next century for CEOs — Women breaking through the glass ceiling earn $162k less than men — — Employer-paid parental leave a key driver in mothers returning to work — The highest paid men in Australia are being paid at least $162,000 more than... Read article 1 March 2019Media Releases Read More
More than 50% of rural West Australians are volunteers — Shortage of volunteers in rural WA and further decline to come — — Volunteer burnout a real risk to regional organisations relying on volunteers — Western Australia’s rural communities are more actively engaged in volunteering than their city counterparts,... Read article 26 February 2019Media Releases Read More
Australia’s low-paid workforce a threat to wages growth This article first appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald.  Australia is building one of the biggest low-paid workforces in its history, with serious consequences for the economy and wages. Carers – aged care, childcare and disability care workers – have... Read article 27 December 2018 Read More