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University researchers to uncover national employment trends over next decade

Researchers from the University of Tasmania will spend the next ten years developing practical insights into Australia’s employment sector, after being selected by the Federal Government as preferred research and evaluation suppliers.

Led by the University’s Institute for Regional Development (IRD), a team of multi-disciplinary researchers will form part of the Department of Employment’s new Research and Evaluation Services Panel, and will undertake projects as the Commonwealth works to improve its understanding of Australian employers, employees, job seekers, employment services and workplaces, in order to forge future policy.

Associate Professor Robyn Eversole, Director of the Institute for Regional Development said the successful bid was a partnership between the IRD, Faculty of Education, Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, and local firm RDS Partners.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our researchers here in the North-West and across Tasmania to work closely with the Department on high-impact policy research,” Associate Professor Eversole said.

'We are now a preferred government research and evaluation supplier at a national level - not only for the Department of Employment, but for a number of other government agencies and departments which will be accessing the Panel for their research and evaluation needs.”

Professor Sue Kilpatrick from the Faculty of Education said University researchers were selected for the Panel after outlining a proven ability to deliver high-quality, cross-disciplinary and ethical research services, drawing on expertise from across a broad range of methodologies.

“The workforce is changing as more jobs require high-level knowledge and rapidly evolving technical skills combined with customer relations and marketing. One of the implications of this is that industry, education and training providers must work closely together. Another change in the employment sector is the emergence of more small, specialised niche businesses. This area needs multi-disciplinary research,” Professor Kilpatrick said.

Professor Brigid Heywood, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) said the appointment reinforced the world-class research by university academics already making an impact in Australia and abroad.

“The University of Tasmania is positioned within the top 10 research institutions of Australia, and the top 2% worldwide. Our researchers are already global leaders who produce pioneering projects to a high standard of excellence, and it is exciting to see the Federal Government through its Department of Employment recognising the expertise that is available here,” Professor Heywood said.

Ten University of Tasmania researchers were involved in the successful bid, with projects for the Department of Employment to commence later this year.

Published on: 30 Aug 2016 1:45pm