Casual labour

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Research report

19 Jun 2018

Analysis shows that workers in the gig economy tend to have lower wages than employees. They also often miss out on a number of other benefits. Further, their classification as independent contractors has implications on their tax status and superannuation. This research note examines how...

Report

6 Mar 2018

This report simulates the net hourly incomes received by UberX drivers in six Australian cities, and finds that they almost certainly earn much less than would be required under relevant minimum wage standards.

Research report

19 Jan 2018

There has been discussion about the growth of casual employment in Australia over the past few decades with suggestions it is an insecure, precarious and non-preferred form of employment. This analysis sheds further light on whether preferences of casual workers are being met.

Report

22 Nov 2017

This report examines the ongoing polarisation in Australian employment patterns, between those with full-time, relatively secure jobs, and a growing portion of people working part-time, casual, temporary, or insecure positions.

Research report

Findings of the National Temporary Migrant Work Survey
21 Nov 2017

Despite the prominence of migrant worker exploitation in the media, there has been limited empirical data on the overall nature and extent of wage theft among international students and backpackers in Australia. This study begins to fill these gaps.

Commentary

10 Oct 2017

There needs to be more of a focus on the adverse effects of lower wages for the economy as a whole, argues John Quiggin.

Report

4 Oct 2017

Penalty rates are a long-standing and important part of Australia's workplace relations framework. They are rightly seen as an important mechanism to ensure that people are adequately compensated for missing out on family activities, on social and family gatherings, and participating in community events.

Article

21 Aug 2017

The informal work practices of the so-called “gig” economy are widening existing cracks in Australia’s system of labour regulations, and should be repaired through active measures to strengthen labour standards in digital businesses.

Report

10 Jul 2017

This report argues that reform is required to allow for greater flexibility over penalty rates in what is currently a highly centralised system.

Research report

2 May 2017

Australians continue to debate the Fair Work Commission’s recent decision to reduce Sunday and holiday penalty rates for retail and hospitality workers. This report investigates the prevalence of weekend work in other sectors of Australia’s economy - and confirms the overall economic importance of extra...

Commentary

Article

24 Feb 2017

NOTHING is more central to Labor’s view of what makes Australia such a great place to live in than our long tradition of having an independent umpire to stop employers exploiting workers. Former Liberal prime minister Sir Robert Menzies shared that view; like others in...

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....

Research report

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...

Briefing paper

26 Oct 2016

This In Brief highlights local ni-Vanuatu support structures initiated through workers’ participation in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) and New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE). It draws on recent interviews with workers, families, recruiters, leaders, chiefs and a support group in Vanuatu. In May...

Research report

20 Jan 2015

The casualisation of the Australian workforce proceeded at a more or less steady pace from 1992 to 2004.

Introduction

There is no formal definition of casual employment in the sense that it has a meaning set down in law or specified in...

Research report

16 May 2012

The last two decades in Australia has seen a dramatic decline in permanent work, and corresponding growth of insecure forms of employment, such as casual, contract work and labour hire. The full extent and impact of this shift on workers, their families and the Australian...

Research report

18 Aug 2004

Casual employment is often assumed to be a more 'efficient' way of engaging labour, and can deliver short run gains. But better deployment of labour undermines its longer term development. John Buchanan suggests how deployment and development can be improved simultaneously.

Research report

24 May 2004

In 2003, over a quarter of all wage and salary earners were employed on a casual basis, and in the period since 1988 more than half of all new jobs created have gone to casual workers. Casual workers today are drawn from a wide cross-section...

Conference paper

10 Feb 2004

Barbara Pocock, John Buchanan and Iain Campbell examine policy options to contain the expansion of casual work in Australia. The first part of the paper briefly summarises the evidence on casual work and why it is a problem in Australia. The second part looks at...