Publication Date

October 2007

Publication Details

O'Brien, M, Valadkhani, A, Waring, P and Denniss, R, New Developments in the Australian Labour Market in 2006, Working Paper 07-16, Department of Economics, University of Wollongong, 2007.


2006 generally represented a solid year in terms of macroeconomic performance and labour market indicators, even under the threat of increasing inflation and interest rates. However, some favourable aggregate labour market indicators disguised major disparities at disaggregated regional, sectoral or demographic levels. The major development in the labour market was the implementation and operation of the WorkChoices legislation which will shape the industrial relations landscape in Australia for many years to come. This article presents an analysis of the performance of the macroeconomy and labour market, and reviews the developments of the WorkChoices legislation.