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Centre for Future Work

Owning Institution:
Briefing paper

Budget analysis 2021-22: heroic assumptions and half measures

This briefing paper reviews the main features of the Australian federal budget 2021/22 from the perspective of workers and labour markets. In particular, it considers in detail a major flaw in the overall macroeconomic logic underpinning the budget.
Report

Funding high-quality aged care services

Australians have been rightly shocked by repeated exposés of widespread mistreatment, neglect and even abuse of elders in our aged care system. This report argues that expanding the quantity and quality of aged care services should be seen as an economic opportunity, not just a...
Briefing paper

Women’s casual job surge widens gender pay gap

This briefing paper illustrates how Australia’s recovery from the pandemic recession widened the gender pay gap, as women’s jobs returned on a more part-time and casualised basis than for men.
Briefing paper

How non-union agreements suppress wage growth – and why the Omnibus Bill will lead to more of them

This report illustrates how the Morrison Government's omnibus industrial relations bill will lead to a significant increase in employer-designed enterprise agreements (EA) that reduce workers' pay and conditions, rather than improve them—signalling a return to the WorkChoices pattern of EA-making and putting further downward pressure...
Briefing paper

2020 year-end labour market review: insecure work and the COVID-19 pandemic

Australia’s labour market experienced unprecedented volatility during 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession. This report highlights several ways in which the pandemic has increased inequality in Australia, and reinforced the dominance of insecure work in the overall labour market.