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The Senate Select Committee on Job Security recognises that the topics and sectors covered in this report are not the only subjects worthy of discussion in relation to insecure work. Nor was the committee able to cover all of the evidence collected over the course of the inquiry.

This report returns to the issue of on-demand platform work, reviewing and refining the committee's earlier recommendations, and revisits the issue of job security in publicly-funded jobs.

Report structure:

  • Chapter 1 includes: definitions, conduct of the inquiry and the structure of the report.
  • Chapter 2 presents evidence to show that insecure and precarious work have increased and are increasing. The chapter looks at the major categories and key indicators of insecure work, then addresses the inadequacy of current data and statistics. The committee's view and recommendations conclude the chapter.
  • Chapter 3 presents empirical evidence that insecure work is harmful to health and well-being, looking at impacts on mental and physical health, relationships and families, and social connection. The chapter includes personal stories from submitters and witnesses, and finishes with the committee's views and recommendations.
  • Chapter 4 includes definitions of casual work, key demographics and information on current regulation and policy, including casual conversion.
  • Chapter 5 provides brief sector studies of two of the most casualised and precarious sectors in the economy.
  • Chapter 6 discusses the impacts of the pandemic on casual and other insecure workers, along with impacts on women, young people and migrants. The chapter looks at the outcomes of government payments and initiatives, and how insecure work contributed to the spread of COVID-19.
  • Chapter 7 considers arguments for and against reducing the use of casual work in the Australian economy, and looks at options for regulatory reform. The committee's view and recommendations conclude the chapter.
  • Chapter 8 considers responses to committee's first interim report on the need to regulate the on-demand platform sector and reduce its impacts on other employment sectors. As well as new evidence and additional recommendations, the chapter includes discussion and refinement of recommendations from the committee's first interim report.
  • Chapter 9 is primarily focussed on the impact of on-demand platforms in the disability and wider care sectors. The chapter looks at some new evidence, makes new recommendations, and includes discussion and refinement of recommendations from the committee's first interim report.
  • Chapter 10 begins by addressing arguments against reform, before considering a number of options for reforming Australia's industrial relations regime so that it can better support secure jobs.
  • Chapter 11 builds on Chapter 10, by presenting the committee's concluding remarks and remaining recommendations.

 

Publication Details
ISBN:
978-1-76093-350-0
License type:
CC BY-NC-ND
Access Rights Type:
open