workplace relations

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...


24 Aug 2017

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has committed to implementing all 17 recommendations of the Independent Cultural Review conducted by The Ethics Centre into the workplace culture of the AOC. The Review is a comprehensive 64 page document based on the experiences and perceptions of staff...


10 Jul 2017

Penalty rates have been a fixture of Australian industrial relations regimes since the late 1800s. With federation, a series of decisions by various state and federal wage-setting bodies began, culminating in the first ‘national’ penalty rate decision in 1947.

These early decisions indicate that...


15 Jun 2017

There is heightened interest among organisations in engaging men in the gender equality change process. After all, how can we drive change if we leave half the population out of the discussion?

But how much do we really know about the success of these...


7 Jun 2017

Australian men and women lead very different working lives. Men and women often do not work 'side by side'—but instead work in industries or occupations which are dominated by one gender or another. By international standards, we have a highly gender segregated workforce.


Research report

1 Mar 2017

A new analysis of Agency data shows that sizeable gender pay gaps persist across the workforce, but that improving gender balance in leadership teams measurably improves pay equity in organisations.

Gender Equity Insights 2017: Inside Australia's Gender Pay Gap , the second in...

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...

Working paper

10 Jun 2016

Despite some success in recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the Australian Public Service (APS), the long-term trend is one of declining representation. A fundamental issue is that rates of separation among Indigenous public servants remain consistently greater than those of their non-Indigenous...

Journal article

15 May 2016

The quantitative analysis involving a longitudinal study is used where content analysis is undertaken to analyse the extent of CSR disclosures in annual reports. Regression analysis using panel data is used to analyse the potential association between CSR disclosure and five important board diversity measures,...

Research report

7 Apr 2016

This Australian Charities Fund (ACF) sponsored report looks at the giving habits of young Australians, to examine their current level of engagement with Workplace Giving Programs (WGPs) and to determine the motivators that could increase their participation in Workplace Giving.

The report indicates young...

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...

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...

Video lecture/presentation

3 Aug 2015

Australian Productivity Commission Chairman Peter Harris presents a talk about the draft recommendations from the Workplace Relations Framework public inquiry.

Discussion paper

22 Jan 2015

The Australian Government's objectives in commissioning this Inquiry are to examine the current operation of the Fair Work Laws and identify future options to improve the laws bearing in mind the need to ensure workers are protected and the need for business to be able...

Journal article

6 Sep 2013

Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to consider the impact of social accounting at the micro level and examines the use of social reporting for constructive purposes through internal communication devices. It explores the discourse adopted by a large organisation in social...

Journal article

15 Jul 2013

Collegial support is important in maintaining job satisfaction and contributing to worker retention in the human services. However, little is known about to whom human service workers look for support, including advice and guidance, and how they utilise and value the support available in a...