Employment White Paper – Submission assistant

Have your say on the Federal Government Employment White Paper

We want to elevate the voice of social enterprise.

We’ve created a Submission Assistant to demystify the process and help you make an authentic and powerful submission.

Why make a submission?

The Australian Government’s Jobs Inquiry follows the Jobs Summit earlier this year which did not include a voice for social enterprise.

This inquiry is gathering data for a ‘White Paper’ to analyse the dynamics in the labour market and outline policy and actions to shape the future of work in Australia.

This inquiry is a rare opportunity for grass-roots participation about the national agenda for jobs and an inclusive economy.

Social enterprise is about the future of business, so this is our time to shine.

There are nine good reasons for making a submission, some personal, professional and about people power.

You are not alone 

We are part of the social enterprise movement that includes 12,000 enterprises across Australia. Social enterprises contribute $21.3 billion to the Australian economy and account for 1% of the GDP. 

Over 206,000 people are employed in Australian social enterprises. That’s one in 60 jobs or 1.6% of the workforce. It is about the same number of people as the Mining Industry.

Background to consultation

The Employment White Paper (the White Paper) will provide a roadmap for Australia to build a bigger, better-trained and more productive workforce – to boost incomes and living standards and create more opportunities for more Australians.

The White Paper will build on the outcomes of the Jobs and Skills Summit and will have an overarching focus on the objectives of full employment and productivity growth for the benefit of all Australians, along with women’s economic participation and equality.

It will explore issues, frameworks and policy approaches relevant to the future of Australia’s labour market over the medium and long term and will take into account a diverse range of perspectives from across Australia, including from representatives of civil society, unions, employers and governments.

The published guidelines on how to make a submission.

How to submit?

Two options, either: 

  1. Upload a submission with the online form.
  2. Email your submission to employmentwhitepaper@treasury.gov.au 
    If emailing, our Submission Assistant will help you to meet these requirements:
    • State your full name, email address and name of organisation (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation).
    • Provide a short (100 word or less) summary outlining the key elements of your submission. We have a 75-word start that you can tailor for your key message.
    • Select which topic/s your submission most closely relates to – only select 1-3 priorities to have more impact, even if you believe you contribute to many more.

Submission assistant.

Submission Assistant

  • Just the name in this box
  • for example, "Melton, Victoria."
  • Select the one for you. This will go into a sentence, eg "Unlike mainstream business, [over 50 percent] of our profits go towards our purpose."
  • eg, I experienced youth homelessness growing up …
  • eg, X creates training and employment pathways for young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness …
  • Insert your vision statement and/or select from an option below. "Our vision is ..."
  • Please select only 3 (max) topics from the Government's list.
  • Try to link your work to one of the topics of the inquiry.
  • Name the organisations that have helped you and you would like supported.
  • Here are optional sentences (adding to 85 words in total) to help you with a summary paragraph. Selecting all leaves you with 15 words to add to you email.
  • End your submission with a call to action, here are some suggestions. you can write your own below.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.