Homelessness and Labour Market Engagement in Australia

Adam Steen, David Mackenzie, Darcy McCormack

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    While there is a copious literature on homelessness, there has been no major research study of the relationship between homelessness and unemployment. This exploratory study aims to identify factors which distinguish between homelessness and disadvantaged job seekers as a first step to gaining a better understanding of the relationship between the two issues. The study employs a survey of clients of Specialist Homeless Services (SHS) and Jobs Services Australia (JSA) providers to analyse similarities and differences between the two client groups on several dimensions including educational, health, and employment experiences. While both groups face numerous life challenges; those in the SHS had more chronic health issues and a higher level of social disengagement. Consequently, it is our contention, on the basis of this study, that homelessness and housing instability per se are not necessarily the barriers to participation in labour market programs that some might think.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUnemployment Aftermath of the Crisis
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherCentre of Full Employment and Equity
    Number of pages19
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventPath to Full Employment Conference and National Conference on Unemployment - Newcastle, Australia, Australia
    Duration: 04 Dec 201305 Dec 2013


    ConferencePath to Full Employment Conference and National Conference on Unemployment


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