ACTCOSS has made a submission to the Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs inquiry into the extent, nature and consequence of insecure work in the ACT. ACTCOSS’ fundamental concern in addressing this issue is to ensure that work pays a living wage and offers basic entitlements. The submission identifies the need to invest in a whole-of-community response to insecure employment that involves government, community sector, employers, and education and training providers to address socioeconomic disadvantage and barriers to secure employment.
The submission provides a preliminary examination of the nature, extent and consequences of insecure work in the ACT, focusing on impacts on people experiencing disadvantage and the community sector. ACTCOSS recommends that the inquiry undertake or facilitate a comprehensive survey of insecure work in the ACT and gather evidence of the lived experience of individuals and families impacted by insecure work to inform measures to address this issue in the ACT.