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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.

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Research Projects

Research Expertise

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