The latest Australian Labour Market for Migrants report finds that labour market conditions in Australia are robust with strong increases in full-time employment, and improvements for both the long-term unemployed and underemployed. However, the strong pace of employment growth will be difficult to sustain and the Australian labour market is not immune to the international forces driving higher inflation and slower global growth.
This report provides high-level data and analysis on the Australian labour market that is intended to inform recent migrants to Australia, people interested in working in Australia on a temporary or permanent basis, and organisations providing services to migrants and potential visa applicants.
The April 2023 edition features a ‘hot topic’ section that analyses changes in migrant labour market outcomes, using Census data from 2011, 2016 and 2021. In August 2021, the labour force participation rate of recent migrants was 72.4%, which was higher than the Australian-born population’s participation rate of 66.3%. However, between the 2011 and 2021 Censuses, overall unemployment has remained particularly high for youth across the labour market. Over this period, the overall youth unemployment rate averaged at 12.6%. For migrant youth, it averaged at 15.8%.