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Damian Oliver

B.Bus (QUT) B Comm. (Hons), Ph.D. (Griffith)
Leading Research Analyst

Rm 315
C37A - Burren Street
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 0013
Fax +61 2 9351 0034


Damian rejoined the WRC in October 2012. He has a decade's experience in applied research examining the links between education, training and work. He has skills in econometric analysis as well as qualitative methodologies, including interviews, focus groups and case studies.

His particular areas of expertise are the apprenticeship and traineeship models of skills development (in Australia and overseas), the intersection of workforce development strategies and industrial relations issues, the youth labour market and the transition from education to employment. His research career includes time spent at Griffith University, the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), and three years at the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Adelaide.

Newsroom articles

  • Unions and employer groups tussle over minimum wage review 28 Mar 2014

    ABC The World Today

    Damian Oliver is interviewed about minimum wage amidst the Fair Work Commission's annual minimum wage review.

  • Adults in all but pay: the case for increasing youth wages 15 Jul 2013

    The Conversation

    Damian Oliver has had an opinion editorial published at The Conversation, on the topic of youth wages for young people covered by the General Retail Industry Modern Award.

  • Fears for lost generation of jobless youth 30 Jun 2013

    The Age

    Damian Oliver has been interviewed by Fairfax Media on the topic of youth unemployment, and the risk that Australia is in danger of creating a 'Lost Generation', similar to that which has occurred in Europe.

  • Who will protect our IR protections? 10 May 2013

    The Drum Opinion

    ABC's The Drum online has published an op-ed by Professor John Buchanan and Dr Damian Oliver, from Workplace Research Centre at the University of Sydney Business School, on the Coalition's IR policy.

  • Pay claims put youth jobs at risk 18 Apr 2013

    The Daily Telegraph

    Damian Oliver from the Workplace Reseach Centre has been interviewed about the wage gap between youth employed by fast food giants and the rest of the hospitality industry.

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Research Projects

Research Expertise

  • Youth labour market
  • Apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Student employment
  • Graduate employment
  • Workforce development
  • Community services & health work