OECD Events in Australia


07/12/2012 - The OECD will launch two new publications in Australia next week: a Review of Labour Market Policies and an Economic survey.

On Tuesday 11 December at 3.00 p.m. in Sydney, John Martin, OECD Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, will launch the report “Activating Jobseekers: How Australia Does It”, with Kate Ellis, Minister for Employment Participation, Early Childhood and Child Care. The event will take place at the DEEWR’s NSW State Office, 255 Elizabeth Street.


Journalists wishing to attend the press conference or a copy of the report under embargo should contact the OECD’s Media Division (



The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Australia will be published Friday 14 December 2012, discusses the country’s successful rebound from the global economic crisis as well as steps it should take to ensure a sustained economic recovery. The study assesses Australia’s growing trade relationship with China and Asia, looking at how the mining boom has impact across the economy. It also proposes potential reforms to environmental, tax and industrial policy.

A scheduled press conference in Canberra to present the Survey has been cancelled.


OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has today deferred his Official Visit to Australia on 13-14 December 2012, where he was due to present the Survey of Australia with Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan, hold bilateral meetings with senior Government representatives and launch a new regular OECD dialogue with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).


Ongoing discussions at the OECD Council on the Organisation’s Budget for the 2013-2014 biennium have now unexpectedly demanded the Secretary-General’s presence in Paris.


The survey will be available to journalists on the OECD's password-protected website at 1:30 a.m. Paris time (11:30 a.m. Canberra) for immediate release.


An Overview with the main conclusions will be freely accessible in pdf format on the OECD’s web site at You are invited to include this internet link in reports on the survey.


Journalists wishing to attend the news conference should contact Matthew Coghlan of the Australian Treasury’s media unit ( or  the OECD’s Media Division (+33 1 4524 9700,


Journalists will be allowed advance access to the electronic version of the OECD Economic Survey of Australia, by e-mail and under embargo, the day before release.


The study will be sent by e-mail on request only. In asking to receive the Survey under embargo, journalists undertake to respect the OECD’s embargo procedures. Requests to receive the survey by e-mail under embargo or to obtain a password to access the website should be sent by e-mail to


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