Quality of work life

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Survey

Time for respect: fifth national survey on sexual harassment in Australian workplaces

This report outlines the findings of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s latest survey on the prevalence, nature and reporting of sexual harassment in Australia, with a focus on workplaces. This is the fifth such survey undertaken by the Australian Human Rights Commission since 2003.
Report

Call me maybe (not): working overtime and a right to disconnect in Australia

A 'right to disconnect' could take several forms, and be implemented via different avenues in Australia. Based on international examples and the attitudes of workers in Australia, this report finds that implementing the right within the national employment standards would be the most effective.
Report

Theft by any other name: unsatisfactory working hours and unpaid overtime - 2022 update

This report outlines key challenges in organising working time in Australia’s current labour market. These include insecure, non-standard working arrangements; limited ability for workers to achieve optimal working hours; and the scale and cost of unpaid overtime.
Survey

Free to be flexible? The politics of new ways of working

London workers overwhelmingly disapprove of politicians urging people to not work from home too often, or suggesting those who do so are less hardworking, at the same time as over half say the cost of living is likely to discourage them from commuting into the...
Report

Mental health and the workplace: how can employers improve productivity through wellbeing?

Poor mental health is a cost to individuals, the community and the economy. This report focuses on the interventions and investments that businesses can make to improve productivity through wellbeing.
Working paper

Labour protests during the pandemic: the case of hospital and retail workers in 90 countries

With a novel methodology searching news events from world’s largest news agencies via the online GDELT project, this report documents protest of key workers against their working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic in 90 countries.
Report

Teachers at breaking point: why working in South Australian schools is getting tougher

This report examines the shifting nature of teachers’ work, pointing to growing complexity and increasing professional demands. This research is the first of its kind in South Australia, and provides new insights into the impact of increased demands upon teachers’ wellbeing.
Report

Economic and other wellbeing in Australia – October 2022

This paper describes the trends, variation and determinants of wellbeing over the tumultuous period since COVID-19 first reached Australia and up until October 2022, with a particular focus on changes in economic wellbeing.
Briefing paper

Towards a thriving healthcare workforce

Healthcare workers are the cornerstone of health service delivery and quality of patient care. This brief identifies and discusses four areas where policy action should be taken to protect healthcare worker safety and wellbeing now and into the future.
Report

Flexible working in the Australian Capital Territory Public Service (ACTPS)

This research was conducted to help identify how the Australian Capital Territory Public Service (ACTPS) can better support effective flexible working, focused on the role of technology, communication tools and the built environment.
Report

Climate impacts at work: supporting a climate ready workforce

All workers and all industries need to be supported to adapt to climate change. Serious impacts are evident now and are escalating rapidly. This report presents the first worker-centric analysis of climate change impacts.
Report

E-change and remote work in Australia

This report is about ‘e-changers’ - a significant and growing segment of the population who have chosen to move from the city to regional and coastal areas while maintaining their city jobs.
Report

Shaping the future of small and medium-sized cities: a framework for digital transformation

At present, the digitalisation level of small and medium-sized cities (SMCs) varies greatly in different regions of the world and at different economic levels. This report examines the challenges of digital transformation in SMCs from four viewpoints - society, economy, governance and environment.
Working paper

Informal employment and the social contract: an individual-level perspective

This paper explores the linkages between workers’ (in)formality status and their perceptions of various aspects of the social contract. The results reinforce the understanding that a resilient, sustainable and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 crisis is impossible without strengthening institutions, as well as health and...
Position paper

Work, care and family policies: federal election benchmarks 2022

In the lead up to the 2022 federal election, the Roundtable proposes a set of research-informed policy benchmarks against which election proposals for improving work, care and family outcomes in Australia can be assessed.
Article

Where there’s a will, there’s a way: regulators and collaboration

The new regulatory model recommended by Respect@Work maximises and improves the existing legislative framework, recognising the right of workers to be free from sexual harassment is a human right, a workplace right and a safety right.
Technical report

Survey on the likely prevalence of telework in Greater Sydney: summary of results for Sydney Water

This report describes the results of the Prevalence of Telework Survey which was distributed to collect data in relation to what extent workers across Sydney Metropolitan area are likely to work from home after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Report

WGEA Review Report

This report proposes ten recommendations to accelerate progress on gender equality in workplaces and streamline reporting for employers to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).
Report

Morrison missing: a record of his failure for working women

This report calls for several, long-overdue changes to make workplaces and society safer for women, close the gender pay gap and ensure all working women have a secure retirement.
Report

Women in the spotlight

Many women face online abuse simply because they have an active online presence as part of their working life. This research highlights women’s lived experiences of online abuse, and points to the need for greater action by online platforms and employers to prevent and respond...