Apply within: understanding Australia's job market

Apply within: understanding Australia's job market

Sep 8
This livestream brings together industry leaders to discuss how the Australian job market has been impacted by protracted and snap lockdowns, closed borders, and other factors.
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Gareth Aird, Head of Australian Economics – Global Economics and Markets Research, Commonwealth Bank
Jo Masters, Chief Economist, EY Oceania
Peter Verwer AO, Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Global Business and Talent Attraction
Gabriela D'Souza, Senior Economist, CEDA

Event Overview

In May 2021 the ABS estimated that there were 362,500 unfilled positions in Australia, which equated to one of the highest job vacancy rates ever recorded. Fast forward a few months and lockdowns across the country have again created uncertainty within the job market and across the economy. How resilient is the job market in the face of uncertainty and do we see an impact on wages, conditions, migration, and economic growth?
Join CEDA as we go behind the figures and unpack the social and structural issues at play, the industries hit hardest, and the practical policy solutions needed to fill critical jobs and create certainty in the short and long term.
Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 12.30pm
WA: 11.00am

Please note all livestream events will be recorded and registered participants will receive exclusive access to the recording following the event, ahead of the general public. Substitutions for the livestream can be made at any time. Please forward details to the event coordinator.


Meet the speakers

Gareth Aird
Head of Australian Economics – Global Economics and Markets Research, Commonwealth Bank

Gareth’s extensive experience as an economist reflects work in economic policy and financial markets in both the public and private sectors. He leads the team of economists that cover the domestic economy. The work primarily involves developing and communicating views on the Australian economy and financial markets.

Jo Masters
Chief Economist, EY Oceania

Jo Masters joined EY as the Chief Economist Oceania in 2019. Her passion for economics stems from her commitment in providing businesses with deep insights to the economy on a macro-level and what it means for them. She has been a part of the economic discussion in Australia for over 20 years and is a trusted advisor in economic and policy issues nationally, and on a global scale. Prior to EY, Jo was a senior economist at ANZ and spent over a decade at Macquarie Bank. She is a Member of the Committee for Economic Development Australia’s (CEDA) Council on Economic Policy, as well as an Executive Member of the Australian Business Economists, a Member of a Business Council of Australia working group, and sits on the Advisory Board for the Financy Women’s Index. 

Peter Verwer AO
Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Global Business and Talent Attraction

Peter is a respected and experienced business leader with extensive commercial, academic and cultural networks across international markets. His most recent focus has been working with governments and industry in Asia to help open-up capital markets platforms.

Meet the moderator

Gabriela D'Souza
Senior Economist, CEDA

Gabriela D’Souza joined CEDA as Senior Economist in 2018 with eight years of experience in public policy. She has worked at some of Australia's most well-known and respected public policy think tanks and economics research centres. She has conducted research on a wide range of public policy issues including education, immigration, multidimensional disadvantage, and area-based measures of exclusion. Gabriela has a master’s degree in economics from Monash University and is an affiliate of Monash University’s Department of Business Statistics and Econometrics.
Additional participants to be confirmed.

Session themes and confirmed speakers

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