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Barriers to employment

"There are not enough local jobs in these country towns and limited transport to out of town areas." - Respondent comment

"It’s very hard to get work in this town. Not enough jobs for full time/part time. Lots of people going for the same job." - Respondent comment


Barriers to employment

The respondents who were looking for a job were asked to indicate their barriers to employment. The main barriers to employment (Chart 8) were a respondent’s health or disability (38%) and parenting and caring responsibilities (30%).

It is also notable that 11 per cent of respondents reported that they did not possess the education, training or skills required for employment, and 9 per cent were restricted from work due to their lack of work experience. Nine per cent also reported discrimination due to a past criminal record as a barrier.Dishearteningly, 7 per cent reported that they did not know why they could not find job and a further 6 per cent reported limited local opportunities in their line of work.

Chart 8 barriers to employment


"I am an active, fit, healthy woman who has four years of experience as a support worker in the disability sector. I relocated to Brisbane in 2012 so that I would be where all the work is. However, you come up with increasing obstacles in getting re-employed – I didn’t have the $40 to register my Certificate 3 in Disabilities. I have now been unemployed for about two years and three months. It has weakened my self-confidence, it has left me broke and I feel like I have been thrown onto the scrap-pile of unemployment." - Respondent comment



1. Non-response has been excluded from the calculations in Chart 8. Based on respondent’s employment status (Chart 7), there were 2,081 respondents who might be looking for work, which consist of 2,004 unemployed respondents and 81 employed respondents who were looking for more paid work.  Of these respondents, 471 respondents (23%) skipped the question. The high non-response rate might be caused by a high number of respondents who were not looking for work at the time of survey, thus should not answer the question.  However, the nature of the questionnaire did not allow us to separate those who opted to skip the question (i.e. genuine non-response) from those who were not looking for a job, thus caution should be made when interpreting the non-response.