Biographical note of Australia's Permanent Representative to the OECD.
After rebounding rapidly from last year’s COVID-19 recession, Australia’s economy has weakened due to containment measures to combat new outbreaks of the virus. Once the economy reopens and the recovery resumes, the focus should turn to reforms to revive productivity growth, lift living standards and strengthen resilience, according to a new OECD report.
In some countries, employers used job retention programmes to cut hours while allowing workers to keep their pay and jobs; there, it is likely that the full impact of the pandemic is yet to be felt. In other countries, there have been unprecedented increases in unemployment, but many workers will return to their jobs (or to new ones) as economies re-open and activity picks up.
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The Skills Outlook Country Profile details key indicators to assess the extent to which Australia is able to provide strong foundations for lifelong learning; promote effective transitions into further education, training and the labour market and engage adults in learning. It also evaluates the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on adult learning and the labour market.
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Australia consumes 10.5 litres of pure alcohol per capita per year, roughly equivalent to 2.2 bottles of wine or 4.0 litres of beer per week per person aged 15 and over. In addition, in Australia, some population groups are at higher risk than others.
The 37 Member Countries of OECD appoint Mr. Mathias Cormann of Australia to be next Secretary General starting 1 June 2021
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This note presents selected findings based on the set of well-being indicators published in How's Life? 2020.
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The unemployment rate in Australia rose to 7.1%. in May 2020. Including the increase in inactivity linked to the COVID-19 crisis would push this up to 11.3%. The official rate is projected to rise to 8.3% at the end of 2020 (below the OECD average of 9.4%), falling back to 7.4% in 2021 (just below the OECD average of 7.7%).
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This note provides a comprehensive overview of the extent to which laws in Australia and OECD countries ensure equal treatment of LGBTI people, and of the complementary policies that could help foster LGBTI inclusion.