Work-life balance

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Report

How we worked

Many changes have occurred in Australia since the establishment of the Australian Institute of Family Studies in 1980. This snapshot outlines some of the changes over the last four decades in when, how and where we work.
Article

Fathers' work and family conflicts and the outcomes for children's mental health

Fathers’ experiences of competing demands in parenting and work domains suggest that increasing work–family conflicts are an issue for many families.
Report

Excessive hours and unpaid overtime: 2019 update

This updated research looks at the cumulative costs of unpaid overtime in Australia's economy. Survey data suggests the average Australian worker puts in almost 5 hours per week of unpaid overtime: coming in early, staying late, working through lunch and breaks and taking work home.
Report

Working time patterns for sustainable work

Working time is a recurrent topic of study because the nature of work, its content, the conditions under which it is performed and the labour market itself keep changing. This report provides an overview of the recent evolution of working time duration and organisation in...
Discussion paper

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

This paper contains practical guidelines and considerations for those considering flexible working arrangements (FWAs).
Discussion paper

Challenging gender stereotypes in the early years: the power of parents

This paper provides an overview of survey findings and discusses the key results within the context of international literature on early childhood, gender and development, and parenting.
Report

Understanding work in schools

While most people expect to work a 38-hour full-time week, our public school teachers are working far more. In fact, teachers are working an average of 54 hours per week (43 hours at school and 11 hours at home), due to the increasing administrative demands...
Report

Creating jobs through NBN enabled telework

This report investigates the degree to which participation in the labour force may increase with the rollout of the National Broadband Network and the increased telework opportunities it will provide. This study involved qualitative and quantitative research, leading to economic modelling to estimate the impacts...
Report

Poverty in Australia

One simple way to measure this that’s widely used by Governments and expert bodies such as the OECD is the number of people living below a poverty line. This report uses two poverty lines, 50% of median household income (half of the ‘middle’ income for...
Report

The big squeeze: work, home and care in 2012

In recent years a number of major events have influenced Australians’ work, personal, family and community lives. The global financial crisis commenced in 2007/8 and international financial markets have experienced continuing instability. The Fair Work Act 2009 introduced a number of changes to the regulation...