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John Buchanan

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Preparing for the best and worst of times

This research, from an inter-faculty team of professors, researchers and senior academics, considers the question of what today’s six years olds will need to thrive, and not just survive, when they finish school, given the extent of predicted technological and global change.
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Beyond mentoring: social support structures for young Australian carpentry apprentices

With growing recognition of the extent to which work, mental health and wellbeing intersect, it is important to understand the critical role effective apprenticeship support arrangements play in helping Australia's youth make the transition from school to work. This study considers how pastoral care, mentoring...
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One sport – the future course: independent review of athletics in Australia

This review calls for major governance reform, an overhaul of Athletics Australia’s high performance practices and for the sport to be united under one structure. Executive summary Following the recent 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Board of Athletics Australia Limited, in partnership with the Australian Sports...
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Award reliance

The study was conducted by the Workplace Research Centre, University of Sydney in collaboration with fieldwork company ORC International on behalf of the Fair Work Commission. It explores findings from the Award Reliance Survey (comprising a computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI) and an online survey) with...
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Minimum wages and their role in the process and incentives to bargain

The study is based on four sources of data: (a) a survey of over 11,500 non-public sector organisations, (b) quantitative analysis of over 25,000 enterprise agreements, (c) qualitative analysis of 91 strategically selected agreements; and (d) 20 workplace case studies. Key findings (indicative) Organisations commonly...