Blog post

3 Aug 2017

The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey is a nationally representative longitudinal study of Australian households funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and managed by the Melbourne Institute at the University of Melbourne.


15 May 2017

There are many reasons why work won’t simply disappear, but we need to talk about how it is distributed


27 Mar 2017

Audit objective and criteria

The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of Army’s workforce management. To form a conclusion against the audit objective, the ANAO adopted the following high-level criteria:

Army has an effective workforce planning framework; and Army has managed...

Systematic review

1 Mar 2017

What effects do certification schemes for sustainable agricultural production have on household and individual well-being in low- and middle-income countries? This systematic review suggests the results are mixed, but identify contextual factors that may influence positive outcomes.


27 Oct 2016

The Inquiry has recommended that a licensing scheme be set up to regulate labour hire operators. The report also called on the Victorian Government to advocate for a national licensing scheme for labour hire operators, through the Council of Australian Governments.

The Victorian Government...


4 Oct 2016

The Unions NSW report provides a case study of Airtasker, looking specifically at the industrial implications for workers. Airtasker is the leading provider of online facilitated task-based work, and is representative of the industrial risks associated with the disintegration of traditional jobs into short term...


13 Sep 2016

This paper reflects on legislative measures that address human rights issues in global supply chains and argues that the Australian government and companies should learn from measures taken in other jurisdictions in the face of urgent human rights abuses.

Discussion paper

29 Jul 2016

In September 2015, Malcolm Turnbull was elected leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party, thereby becoming Australia’s twenty-ninth Prime Minister. In his first press conference as Prime Minister, Mr Turnbull pledged that ‘this will be a thoroughly Liberal Government. It will be a thoroughly Liberal Government...



22 Mar 2016

Next time you walk into a public toilet ask yourself how much you would want to be paid per hour to clean the place. Maybe $30? $50? Not enough money in the world could make you wipe a stranger’s bowl?

The 2010 Cleaning Services...


4 Mar 2016

Executive summary

Consolidation via absorptions and amalgamations has been a common response to situations of crisis for unions across the developed world.

While the case for consolidation is intuitively strong, as a strategy to rebuild or maintain the power of organised labour...


28 Dec 2015

Royal Commissioner John Dyson Heydon AC QC delivered his Final Report to the Governor General on 28 December 2015.

The Final Report has been tabled in Parliament.

The report concludes the Commission's national inquiry into trade union governance and corruption which began on...



7 Aug 2015

As a new key plank in its economic statecraft, China has determined that it will shift much of its labour-intensive industry offshore to relieve saturated domestic markets, allow the manufacturers to avail themselves of cheaper labour in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa, bring the...


20 Jul 2015

In 2013-14, labour productivity growth in both the Australian economy and the 12-industry market sector (which accounts for 65 per cent of the economy) was close to the trend of the last two and half decades.


This edition of the PC...


27 Feb 2015

Executive Summary

This report provides a data profile of Australian businesses using the Australian Workplace Relations Study (AWRS) and the Award Reliance Survey. It presents information on the characteristics and performance of businesses by business size and degree of award reliance and as...

Journal article

6 Feb 2015

The failure of the modern economy to deliver widespread benefits for all is now widely recognised. Ordinary workers—those in the middle and lower parts of the income distribution—have limited access to resources and even more limited effective say. It was not ever thus, and the...


22 Jan 2015

Between 1984 and 2003, New Zealand undertook comprehensive market-oriented economic reforms. In this paper, we use Census data to examine how the internal mobility of Māori compares to that of Europeans in New Zealand in the period after these reforms.

It is often suggested...


16 Dec 2014

Join host Sally Warhaft for this Fifth Estate spotlight interview with Greg Combet, where they discuss the Australian labour movement, the state of our democracy and parliament, the future of the ALP and life after politics for a man many thought a good chance as...


30 Oct 2014

Technological, economic and demographic changes have contributed to what we now accept as a 24/7 economy and the ‘standard model’ of working nine to five Monday to Friday, is generally no longer considered standard (Presser, 2003). For example, a shift from a manufacturing-based economy to...


6 Aug 2014

Summary: This statistical indicators publication sets out NSW regional labour force trends by labour force indicator for the period May 2000 to May 2014. It is a companion paper to the Research Service publications, Labour force trends in Greater Sydney and Labour force trends...


6 Aug 2014

Summary: This statistical indicators publication sets out labour force trends for the 13 regions of Regional NSW for the period May 2000 to May 2014. It is a companion paper to the Research Service publications, Labour force trends in Greater Sydney and NSW regional...



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