23 Oct 2017

This report for Westpac is an important contribution to the research in Australia. It broadens the research and conversation about the importance of women in leadership in three key ways: 1. It focusses on all senior management rather than just executives and boards. 2. It...

Research report

6 Sep 2017

People Matter is an employee perception survey that is regularly conducted across state government public sectors and provides important information and insights for departments, organisations and sector stakeholders on workplace experiences and employee engagement.

Local government makes up almost 10% of the total...

Journal article

1 Aug 2017


Medical practitioners are often caught between a patient who is reluctant to provide their employer with personal health information and an employer who is requesting more detailed health information.


This article outlines the rights and responsibilities of employees...

Research report

30 Jun 2017

This report analyses information from almost 1,500 disability service workers. It explores their characteristics and perceptions of their working conditions; their experiences of working under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS); and their concerns about the implementation of the Scheme and its impact on their...

Briefing paper

23 Feb 2017

Section 156 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) provides that the Commission must conduct a four yearly review of modern awards (the Review). The Commission’s task in the Review is to decide whether a particular modern award achieves the modern awards objective....



6 Feb 2017

Long-distance commuting between place of residence and place of work has been on the rise in Australia. It occurs when workers are unable to return home after their working day (usually due to distance), so a worker resides at the place of work for a...


1 Jan 2017

This data shows count of employees by 100 regions within Australia over 12 years (2002 - 2014). In 2002, there were 8.5M workers, rising to 10.3M in 2014. Maps show percent change in count of employees over preceding four years eg 2010-2014.


Briefing paper

22 Dec 2016

This paper considers the likely utilisation of paid family and domestic violence leave provisions if they are extended (as has been proposed) to apply to all paid employees in Australia.

The paper reviews the actual experience of several Australian employers which have already implemented...

Blog post

15 Dec 2016

Holidays are important. We dream about them. We plan them. We take them on our own, with family, and with friends. Paid holidays are among the greatest social achievements of workers, reformers and the labour movement. Paid annual leave democratises the holiday and allows millions...

Journal article

15 Dec 2016


Does client embeddedness lead to improved employee quality of life, such as job satisfaction, affective commitment and employee engagement? If so, is this relationship affected by gender, age, tenure and psychological contract breach (PCB)? The paper aims to discuss these issues....

Briefing paper

15 Nov 2016

Australia has, at various times, been viewed as a “workers’ paradise” and the land of the long-weekend, a place where workers enjoy high wages and people live an easygoing or laid back lifestyle. But the social advances that underpin these stereotypes were the result of...

Journal article

30 Sep 2016

Health promotion in workplace settings has been prioritised to reduce chronic disease risk factors, both in Australia and internationally. This paper, published in Public Health Research & Practice, describes the design of a health risk assessment tool, the Brief Health Check (BHC).

The BHC...

Audio interview

5 Sep 2016

A former union official, Grace Collier, has called for greater scrutiny of 'deals' between unions and employers, which leave some workers worse off. Recently the Coles group had an enterprise agreement struck out because it disadvantaged some workers.

Collier, now a private consultant, says...

Audio interview

Audio program

28 Jul 2016

Based on data from 142 countries in 2013, physical inactivity is said to have cost the world the equivalent of nearly $90 billion in healthcare expenditure and lost productivity - that's according to a report published today in the medical journal, The Lancet.

Journal article

15 Jun 2016

Despite its known impacts on organizational effectiveness, few studies have investigated organizational citizenship behavior’s (OCB) impact on the individual employee. This study explored the affective and dispositional consequences of OCB for hotel employees and their relationships with turnover intention. A cross-cultural comparison of U.S. and...

Working paper

19 May 2016

The 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes caused major upheaval to the people of the region. The second major quake killed 185 people, forced many from their homes, and closed Christchurch’s central business district. This paper examines the consequential effect on jobs and accumulated earnings for workers in...

Journal article

15 Nov 2015

Organizations might benefit from maintaining relationships with former employees, who could be rehired later or encouraged to refer job applicants and customers. We integrate the management literature on voluntary resignations and the communication literature on relationship dissolution to explore how conversations between an exiting employee...


15 Aug 2015

SeaStone Group is a boutique agency based in both Perth and Sydney, who partner clients in the Oil & Gas, Mining & Construction and Health & Medical Industries. As part of our commitment to our client partnerships, we conducted a survey of our candidate database...

Research report

13 Aug 2015

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...

Research report

4 Aug 2015

The Productivity Commission invites examination of the draft report, and written submissions by Friday 18 September 2015.

The draft report is a broad-ranging assessment of Australia's workplace relations framework, considering current laws, institutions and practices. It uses an economy-wide approach, looking at possible reforms...