1. HELP EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES WORK BETTER TOGETHER


Small Business, with the right support, could employ more Australians including more of our young people. 

We need to base our workplace laws on facts, not scare campaigns.

Australia has the second highest minimum wage in the world [1]. More than 98% of employees are paid more than that [2].

Despite what some claim, the rate of casual employment has remained steady at 25% for the last two decades [3]. Small Business employs half of Australia’s casual workers [4].


Small Business and their employees need to be able to agree on work arrangements that meet both of their needs.

The next Federal Government must ensure our workplace laws work for small businesses and their employees. Simpler rules are needed to make it easier to create jobs and run small businesses well.

Sources: [1] http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Previousproducts/6333.0Main%20Features5August%202016) [2] https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php?title=File:Minimum_wages,_January_2009_and_January_2019_(EUR_per_month_and_%25).png / https://wageindicator.org/salary/minimum-wage/minimum-wages-news/luxembourgs-minimum-wage-rise-approved-for-2019-december-20-2018) [3] Australian Government Submission,
Annual Wage Review 2018, 13 March 2018, Page 12, Chart 2.1 [4] ABS, Australian Labour Market Statistics, cat. no. 6105.0 (estimates for 1992 to 2004), ABS, Characteristics of Employment, cat. no. 6333.0,(estimates for 2005 to 2016), RMIT ABC Fact check: Has the rate of casualisation in the workforce remained steady for the last 20 years) [5] Australias casual workers - Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) 2015, cited in Commonwealth Parliamentary Library, Characteristics and Use of Casual Employment in Australia, Jan 2018 *6NCVER.

ABS, Australian Labour Market Statistics, cat no. 6105.0 (estimates for 1996 to 2004), ABS, Characteristics of Employment, cat. No. 6333.0 (estimates from 2005). 
 

 

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