Overall, the major changes in the labour market during the past five years have been positive for workers with disabilities. These changes can be attributed to the dual phenomenon of ageing in the population, and continuing economic growth, both of which increase labour demand. The Australian context is characterised by low inflation, consecutive years of economic growth averaging 4% per annum, successive surpluses in both Federal and State budgets, low official unemployment at 4.5% and anecdotal reports of emerging shortages of both skilled and unskilled workers in most industries (Waghorn et al., 2007).
The UnitingCare housing network discussed the call from FACSIA for information on models to increase the supply of social housing. In responding to this call the network was very concerned that FACSIA had not addressed the underlying principles and policy considerations which underpin any project undertaken in this area.
The Australian Fair Pay Commission (AFPC) is the latest institution to be created by the Commonwealth Government in the industrial relations arena and is one of the key pillars of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Act 2005, No 153.