Right2Work Conference 2017

A solution to unemployment and underemployment

21 July 2017, Melbourne, Australia.

Right2Work Conference

A solution to unemployment and under-employment

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Why Attend the Right2Work Conference?

It is currently estimated that nearly 2 million Australians are either unemployed or underemployed.

There are vast amounts of work that need to be done and hundreds of thousands Australians who want jobs. It is more costly for society to keep people unemployed or underemployed than it is to employ them and, in light of the very real possibility of a prolonged recession in Australia beginning within the next 12 months, it is critical that all of us understand why efforts to connect work with workers have been ineffective so far and what our country can do to bring about full employment.

What is the Right to Work?

Article 23(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:

"Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment."

The Right to Work has been actively supported by past Australian governments. It worked before and it can work again.

This historic conference shall see the launch of the Right2Work Coalition and features world-renowned experts who will explain why efforts that have been made over the last several decades continue to fail and present evidence on solutions that have worked before.

Gain new perspective and insight into this important issue not found in today’s narrative

Achieve a coherent understanding of how these problems are systemic policy failures

Develop new relationships with coalition members, influencers and experts who can support your advocacy

Become involved early to help shape the public narrative around this issue

What is a Job Guarantee?

A job guarantee is an economic policy proposal aimed at providing a sustainable solution to the dual problems of inflation and unemployment. Its aim is to create full employment and price stability, by having the state promise to hire unemployed workers as an employer of last resort.

The job guarantee program would see the public sector offer a fixed wage job to anyone who is willing and able to work. This program expands when private sector activity declines, and declines when private sector activity expands.

Rebuilding Australia – growing ‘jobs and profit’ in the private sector

When unemployment is high, inflation low and the private sector sluggish, the time is ripe for fiscal policy investment in social, environmental and economic programs to support growth in the real economy. Such investment will generate jobs and profits in the private sector. As employment opportunities in the private sector grow, job guarantee vacancies will reduce accordingly as job guarantee workers migrate to more high paying jobs in the private sector.

Who Should Attend?


Apprenticeship Program Coordinators

Arts & Culture Advocates

Australian Disability Enterprises

Businesses: SMEs, Major Corporations, Business Owners

Career Counsellors/Guidance Officers

Disability Employment Services


Employment Specialists, Career Coaches, Case Managers, Mentors and Consultants

Environmental Sustainability Organisations and Advocacy Groups

Federal and State Government Representatives

Human Resources and Diversity Managers

Indigenous Employment Program Coordinators

Job Services Australia/ Jobactive Providers

Migrants and Refugees Program Managers

Peak Industry Bodies

Policy Makers

Psychologists working with job seekers and Organisational Psychologists

Regional Employment representatives


Return/Back to Work and Rehabilitation Counsellors

Service Delivery and Program Managers

Social Enterprises and Corporate Social Responsibility Managers

Social Inclusion Groups and Special Interest Groups

Training/Professional Development Organisations

Work Advocacy Groups

Youth Employment Programs

Tickets are available from $25.
Join us on 21 July 2017 in Melbourne and be part of a positive change to the Australian social economy.

Conference Schedule

Full schedule of keynotes, sessions & workshops

8:30AM - 9:00AM Main Hall

Registration & Coffee

Register, pick up your name badge and grab a coffee.

9:00AM-9:30AM Main Hall
Lyndal Mews
Lyndal Mews

Welcome Address – The Right2Work Declaration - What's Possible?

Lyndal Mews will introduce the Right 2 Work Coalition and what we aim to achieve. Lyndal is a member of the Right2Work Conference Working Group. She is passionate about politics and the issue of social inequality. Lyndal works as a lawyer in Melbourne and is active on Twitter as @ForliTarantula.

9:30AM-10.15AM Main Hall
John Falzon
Dr John Falzon

The Human Cost of Unemployment

What happens to us when we don't work? The human and social costs of unemployment are just as important as the economic costs.

10:15AM - 10:45AM

Morning Tea

Take a break. Light refreshments will be provided.

10:45AM-11.30AM Main Hall
Speaker Name
Dr Steve Keen

Why Australia Faces an Unemployment Crisis when the Housing Bubble Ends

We don't often think about the various compounding economic crises facing our nation as being interrelated, but they are. Steve Keen will explain the relationship between our huge private debt bubble and threats to employment.

11:30AM - 12:15AM Main Hall
Jim Stanford
Jim Stanford

The Future of Work: Putting Robots and Gigs in Perspective

The converging issues of the "gig economy" and an increase in automation are leading many to question the role that traditional jobs wil play in future economies. Jim will discuss how full employment, casualisation and automation interact.

12:15AM - 1:30PM Main Hall


Explore South Melbourne Market. Grab something to eat and digest the knowledge.

1:30PM - 2:15PM Main Hall
Warwick Smith
Warwick Smith

The Job Guarantee & Full Employment

Warwick will discuss what a Job Guarantee policy is and how it can eliminate involuntary unemployment and resolve the converging crises of private debt fuelled recession & technological unemployment.

2:15PM - 3:00PM


3:00AM - 3:30PM Main Hall

Afternoon Tea

Light refreshments will be provided.

3:30PM - 4:30PM Main Hall

Panel and Plenary Discussion

Lyndal Mews will facilitate a discussion with the speakers on how you can be the change Australia needs and present ideas from your workshops.

4:30PM - 4:40PM Main Hall


Keynote Speakers

World-renowned macroeconomic thought-leaders and anti-poverty advocates

  • John Falzon



    Dr John Falzon is Chief Executive Officer of the St Vincent Paul Society National Council of Australia. He has written and spoken widely on the structural causes of marginalisation and inequality in Australia and has long been an advocate for a fairer and more equitable society. He is currently a member of the ACOSS Board, was a participant in the 2020 Summit and has also served on numerous government advisory committees. John has given evidence to countless inquiries on issues ranging from the inadequacy of the Newstart Allowance to the Stronger Futures Legislation.

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    Dr Keen is Professor of Economics at Kingston University, London, and the author of Debunking Economics (2011) and Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis? (2017). He was one of a handful of economists to anticipate the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, and won the Revere Award from the Real World Economics Review for being the economist who “gave public warning of the Global Financial Collapse and whose work is most likely to prevent another GFC in the future.”

    He is active on Twitter as @ProfSteveKeen

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    Warwick Smith works at Per Capita in both the Centre for Applied Policy for Positive Ageing (CAPPA) and in their Progressive Economics program. His recent and current projects include Unemployment policy in Australia: a Brief History, the adequacy of the Age Pension, women’s superannuation and the future of Australia’s ageing workforce.

    Warwick also works part time at the University of Melbourne conducting research on macroeconomic forecasting.

    He is active on Twitter as @RecoEco.

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    Jim Stanford is Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work, based at the Australia Institute, focusing on issues of work, labour markets, income, economic development, skills, and more.

    Jim received his Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York. He also holds an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Calgary.

    Jim maintains an active presence on social media through his Twitter (@jimbostanford) and Facebook (Jimbo Stanford) accounts.

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$ 25
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  • Panel Discussion
  • Audience Q&A
  • Workshop
  • Morning & Afternoon Tea
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$ 65
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Contact Us

Contact us by email coalition@right2work.com.au and we will quickly get back to you.

You can also follow us on Twitter, like our Facebook Page or join our Facebook Group.

Conference Venue

National Teacher Education Union (NTEU), 120 Clarendon Street, Southbank, Melbourne.

The Right2Work conference 2017 will be held at the National Teacher Education Union (NTEU), 120 Clarendon Street, Southbank, VICTORIA, 3006.

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120 Clarendon St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia


The venue is under 10 minutes walk from Flinders Street railway station.


Parking can be tricky and expensive in Melbourne. There are however a few car parks in the vicinity of the venue.

Places To Stay

Make the most of your visit and stay the night. There is a variety of accomodation nearby to suit all budgets.

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What is the Right2Work Coalition?

We are a broad coalition of stakeholders demanding the government address Australia's growing employment crisis. We recognise that the private sector cannot be expected to provide people the right to work, but the government is uniquely placed to be able to ensure that the right to work is ensured for all.

Our objective is simple: to redefine full employment as 0% involuntary unemployment in mainstream political discourse.

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