Who loses when penalty rates are cut?

The economic impact of penalty rate cuts in Australia's retail and hospitality industries

Penalty rates play a central role in Australia’s wage system, but are increasingly under threat by opponents. This report outlines how damaging a reduction in penalty rates can be to not only the workers who rely on them, but Australia’s economy overall.

It looks at the impact across all state and territory jurisdictions, and finds that the impacts are most pronounced throughout regional and rural Australia.

April 2015
UMR Strategic Research

Equity Economics