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Place-based initiatives to tackle mature-age workers’ long-term unemployment in Australia, drawing on successful Nordic precedents

Scott, Andrew 2015, Place-based initiatives to tackle mature-age workers’ long-term unemployment in Australia, drawing on successful Nordic precedents, in Proceedings of the 2nd Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference 2015, Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 4-18.

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Title Place-based initiatives to tackle mature-age workers’ long-term unemployment in Australia, drawing on successful Nordic precedents
Author(s) Scott, Andrew
Conference name 2nd Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference (2nd : 2015 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 9-10 Nov. 2015
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 2nd Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference 2015
Publication date 2015
Start page 4
End page 18
Total pages 15
Publisher Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) unemployment
comparative public policy
place-based initiatives
Summary In order to tackle unemployment for the at-risk group of mature-age workers displaced by industry sector restructuring, exemplary place-based initiatives are needed focusing on a selected area of high disadvantage identified by Professor Tony Vinson’s 2015 Jesuit Social Services report Dropping off the Edge, with an Australian state government committed to supporting the initiative, as that report recommends. In order to make such a place-based initiative exemplary in its outcomes, so that it leads to uptake in other areas of high disadvantage, it needs to be thoroughly informed by successful Nordic precedents. In particular, the new Australian place-based initiative needs to be informed by Danish regionally-focused large-scale job skills programs involving transition into a proximate sector of employment growth; and by Norwegian measures for more even population distribution outside capital cities or in particular hard-hit regions within capital cities. An advantage of the proposed initiative is that it will also produce measurable results for children in families in which neither parent works, whose needs are normally tackled (if at all) by separate policy actions in separate tiers or departments of government. Australian children are disproportionately disadvantaged by the internationally extreme concentration of joblessness. Denmark’s Løntilskud and Virksomhedspraktik job training programs subsidised by municipalities and the national government, and supported by Danish trade unions, will be discussed in this paper for the positive effects they have for participants, including establishing or re-establishing unemployed people’s structured work habits and routines, improving their networks along with their social skills, and boosting their confidence. This paper will outline in detail the types of features the proposed new Australian place-based initiative will require, drawing on and drilling down further into data and analysis presented in the author’s recent book: Northern Lights: The Positive Policy Example of Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway.
ISBN 9781922232397
Language eng
Field of Research 160510 Public Policy
Socio Economic Objective 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2015, Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference
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