This project builds on previous Australian and recent international research to develop a set of budget standards for low-paid and unemployed Australians and their families.
This study investigated the relationships between housing, housing markets and the labour market.
The Federal court will today hear an application from the Transport Workers Union to reinstate a minimum pay order for truck drivers. The new minimum pay rates were set to come in this week but a business group successfully argued for an injunction, saying the...
90 per cent of interns work for free or below the minimum wage, according to this report
In 2015, Interns Australia conducted a survey of 503 respondents on their experiences with internships. The online survey was conducted over a period...
This paper outlines the history of penalty rates in Australia and gives a snapshot of the contemporary debate on the topic. Then, focusing on the retail and hospitality sectors, it looks at proposals aimed at reducing or removing penalty rates all together. As an important...
What is the real cost of your three dollar t-shirt?
If you're a fashion lover you might recognise a designer label, but can you tell where the fabric came from? Or who dyed the cotton?
A new report is being released today scrutinises...
Examines the increased risk of child and forced labour in the fashion industry, as many local companies are unable to trace or fail to monitor their supply chains.
It’s been two years since the fatal Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh,...
The Australian Fair Pay Commission undertakes ongoing research and consultation programs to ensure its wage-setting decisions take into account economic and social circumstances of low-paid Australians and their employers. The information, gathered through stakeholder consultations, submissions and economic research, has been...
ACOSS's submission to the Fair Pay Commission calls for a substantial rise in minimum wages to help ease financial pressures on low paid workers from rising rents, food and fuel prices. It argues that the financial security of low paid households rests on three pillars:...
Analysing the characteristics of low wage workers, Andrew Leigh finds that those who earn near-minimum wages are disproportionately female, unmarried and young, without post-school qualifications and overseas born. About a third of near-minimum wage workers are the sole worker in their household. Using various plausible...