Work, learning and wellbeing in the digital economy

This Collection examines the future of work and learning. The topics have already captured huge interest and commentary and multiple players and interests are predicting that automation, artificial intelligence and digital platforms will be drivers of a fundamental and transformative shift in what we understand and accept as work. This Collection curates some of the most thoughtful resources and evidence-based insights and is built to enlighten researchers, communities, policy advisers and decision makers.

This Collection is part of a Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) project LE180100094 Linked semantic platforms for social and physical infrastructure and wellbeing funded by the Australian Government, through the Australian Research Council.

Collection Advisers

Prof Jane Farmer, Swinburne University of Technology

Prof Susan Luckman, University South Australia







Work, learning and wellbeing in the digital economy


27 Mar 2019

This report represents the IPA’s submission to the inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce.


26 Mar 2019

Australia can learn much from the policy leadership of the Ardern Government in New Zealand and its reforms to address stagnant wages and rebuild a more inclusive workplace relations framework, according to this research.

Blog post

9 Mar 2019

Twenty-five years ago, Facebook, Google, and Amazon didn’t exist. Now they are among the most valuable and well-known companies in the world. It’s a great story — but also one that highlights why the government must break up monopolies and promote competitive markets.



5 Mar 2019

If we’re serious about improving access to mental health care, we need to look to online therapies.


Submission to the Inquiry into the Victorian On-Demand Workforce
22 Feb 2019

This submission presents evidence from several different strands of research undertaken over the past three years, all of which touch in different ways on the challenges and opportunities associated with on-demand or 'gig' work.


20 Feb 2019

The primary aim of this project was to determine how online distribution is changing the environment for operating a creative micro-enterprise, and with it, the larger relationship between public and private spheres. A key research question was - what are the ‘self-making’ skills required to...


Updated February 2019
19 Feb 2019

The code tackles a number of emerging ethical challenges associated with the use of data-driven technologies in the NHS and the wider health and care system.

Discussion paper

Guidelines for an outcome-based trial – raising productivity and engagement
19 Feb 2019

This paper contains practical guidelines and considerations for those considering flexible working arrangements (FWAs), including:

Five recent case studies (with links to video interviews) of business leaders and employees who have experienced the Four-Day Week trial and are responsible for managing the policy across...


14 Feb 2019

This joint Australian and New Zealand report looks at the broad challenges and opportunities created by the digital economy and at what institutional and regulatory settings by the Australian and New Zealand Governments would be most effective.

Discussion paper

6 Feb 2019

This report aims to demonstrate that the time we spend in work is neither natural nor inevitable. One of the central aims of this report is to establish time itself as a site of political contestation – in the same vein as housing, healthcare, income,...

Working paper

6 Feb 2019

The fourth industrial revolution involves the continuous and cyclical flow of information and actions between the physical and digital worlds. This revolution can potentially create a hyper-connected defence-industry-research-academia ecosystem able to continually innovate.


6 Feb 2019

The 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals that trust has changed profoundly in the past year — people have shifted their trust to the relationships within their control, most notably their employers.

Trust Inequality

There is a 16-point gap between the more trusting...

Briefing paper

6 Feb 2019

This explainer identifies four current trends in workplace monitoring and surveillance: prediction and flagging tools; biometrics and health data; remote monitoring and time-tracking; and gamification and algorithmic management.

Audio podcast

5 Feb 2019

A conversation with researchers and advocates about mental health and the impact of economics and the changing nature of work


31 Jan 2019

This white paper aims to identify how Australia can simultaneously foster innovation and protect human rights through the application of new technologies, in particular, artificial intelligence (AI).

Discussion paper

31 Jan 2019

This discussion paper outlines the nature of insecure work in Australia. It defines how we got here, and what the impact of such widespread workplace insecurity is on Australia’s workers and its economy.

Working paper

28 Jan 2019

The future of work is currently receiving attention at the highest policy levels. This paper demonstrates the case for a strong gender lens in these debates and makes a clear call for women’s economic empowerment to be at the front and centre of efforts to...


25 Jan 2019

Working less would have a range of benefits for workers and employers and the world should embrace the four-day working week, was the message two experts brought to Davos 2019.


24 Jan 2019

In the coming “AI Era,” job losses from automation could have a bigger impact on smaller towns and rural areas.


24 Jan 2019

This report develops both backward- and forward-looking analyses of the impacts of automation over the years 1980 to 2016 and 2016 to 2030 across some 800 occupations. In doing so, it assesses past and coming trends, and suggests a comprehensive response framework for national and state-local policymakers.