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Child care, lack of training and disability are common barriers to working
Child care, lack of training and disability were among the most common barriers preventing people from working or working extra hours, according to new analysis released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The ABS estimated 6.3 million people had the potential, but not necessarily the desire, to fully participate in the workforce. These were people who were either unemployed, working less than 16 hours a week or who were not in the labour force. The survey found almost three-quarters (72% or 4.5 million people) of these people did not want to work or did not want to work additional hours.
People who want (more) work
However, 28% (1.8 million people) did want to work or work extra hours but faced a range of barriers to achieving this. Of these people:
People who don't want (more) work
Out of the 4.5 million people who did not want to work or work extra hours:
Further details can be found in Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation, August 2004 to June 2005 (cat. no. 6239.0), available free of charge.
Media note: This survey focused on people 18 years and older who were either not employed or who worked under 16 hours a week, between August 2004 and June 2005.
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