An efficient and flexible labour market is vital to global competitiveness in manufacturing, and it is an area in which Australia’s competitiveness gap is worsening. During much of the 1990s and early-2000s, labour productivity grew strongly in Australia, averaging 3.1 per cent growth per year from 1993-94 to 2003-04. However, in the second half of the 2000s productivity performance sank, only averaging 1.4 per cent per year from 2003-04 to 2010-11. Although it has recovered modestly since then, it is still well below the peaks of the 1990s and early-2000s.

Manufacturing Australia believes that an efficient and effective labour market is best achieved through a workplace relations framework that supports four fundamental principles. To read Manufacturing Australia's Workplace Productivity Position, click here.