Work environment

Guide

How to improve gender equality in the workplace: evidence-based actions for employers

This guide summarises approaches that have been shown to improve outcomes for gender equality. It also indicates those which need more evidence before they can be recommended as widespread approaches.
Conference paper

Applying heat maps to define workspace in construction based on real-time tracking system with coordinate positioning information

This paper aims to develop automated process of generation of workspace based on coordinates of workers and to explore various uses of workspace heat maps to serve the purposes of lean construction principles.
Submission

Technology and power: understanding issues of insecure work and technological change in Australian workplaces

Mapping existing trends and concerns held by workers across a diverse range of industries, this submission discusses workplace technologies in the context of different labour processes and employment relationships.
Report

The 2018 ethical fashion report: the truth behind the barcode

This is the fifth report produced by Baptist World Aid Australia examining labour rights management systems in the fashion industry.
Report

The 2019 ethical fashion report: the truth behind the barcode

This annual report grades 130 companies from A+ to F, based on the strength of their systems to mitigate against the risks of forced labour, child labour, and exploitation in their supply chains.
Report

Developing a workplace bullying risk audit tool

This project, funded by a SafeWork SA Commissioned Research Grant (CRG), is innovative in creating an evidence-based practical tool to assess the risk of workplace bullying before it occurs.
Working paper

Industrial organisation: work practices & rituals in the Hunter District Water Board

This paper is part of a program that chronicles the administrative history of the Hunter District Water Board. Working Paper No. 8 focuses on day-to-day work practices, dynamics between employees and organisational culture.
Thesis

Cane and commitment: gender and familial relations on smallholder sugar cane farms in Fiji

This thesis examines the socio-economy of smallholder sugar cane farms in Fiji with particular attention to the participation and experiences of women. There is also consideration of the involvement of other household members, especially children in the farm economy.
Report

The 2017 ethical fashion report: the truth behind the barcode

This is the fourth report produced by Baptist World Aid Australia examining labour rights management systems in the fashion industry. It grades 106 companies, from A to F, on the strength of their systems to mitigate against the risks of forced labour, child labour, and...
Discussion paper

Caring for our frontline child protection workforce

Frontline child protection work is highly stressful, emotionally taxing and, at times, can result in secondary trauma. Additionally, statutory child protection organisations consistently experience high turnover and staff shortages, creating adverse workplace cultures and extra stress for their workforce. Consequently, there is a growing recognition...
Report

Bullying and harassment in Australian workplaces: results from the Australian workplace barometer 2014/15

Bullying was measured using both a widely accepted international definition and the Australian definition used by Safe Work Australia. The prevalence rates using the international and the Australian definitions were similar: 9.7 per cent and 9.4 per cent of Australian workers respectively reported they had...
Report

Psychosocial safety climate and better productivity in Australian workplaces: costs, productivity, presenteeism, absenteeism

Previous research has indicated that addressing psychosocial hazards by improving Psychosocial Safety Climate (PSC) and also improving three psychological health outcomes: depression, psychological distress, and engagement may be effective in reducing sickness absence and presenteeism. Addressing psychosocial hazards that contribute to human capital costs is...
Policy

National healthy food and drink policy for organistations

Healthy eating is essential for good health and wellbeing, and supports a healthy, productive workforce in New Zealand. With increasing rates of obesity and the subsequent rise of associated poor health outcomes, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, it is important that organisations support...
Report

Lives on hold: unlocking the potential of Australia's workforce

The last two decades in Australia has seen a dramatic decline in permanent work, and corresponding growth of insecure forms of employment, such as casual, contract work and labour hire. The full extent and impact of this shift on workers, their families and the Australian...
Report

A report on misuse of council resources

The purpose of this report is to draw attention to the types of low-level abuses of power that occur from time to time in local government, and are the subject of numerous complaints and protected disclosures investigated by the Victorian Ombudsman's office. The case studies...
Report

Prevention of workplace bullying through risk assessment

In order to provide more detailed guidance to organisations regarding the risk management of bullying, this project took a fresh approach to understanding the organisational risk factors. First, we examined objective measures of job and organisational factors that may predict the likelihood of bullying at...
Policy

Protect vulnerable workers

Vulnerable workers need to be protected. Existing laws need to be strengthened. The recent exploitation of vulnerable workers by 7-Eleven, for example, demonstrates that more needs to be done to protect vulnerable workers. The 7-Eleven scandal revealed not only a systemic underpayment of workers, but...
Policy

Employment and workplace relations

The Australian Greens believe that: Australia must have a fair and equitable industrial relations system for all workers All people must have the right to pursue their wellbeing in conditions of freedom and dignity, economic security and equal opportunity Australia’s workforce must possess a range...
Report

The 2016 Australian fashion report: the truth behind the barcode

This is the third edition of the Australian Fashion Report. It is being launched on the eve of the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, a tragedy which cut short the lives of 1,136 garment workers. When the factory came down...
Audio

Australian fashion companies still using overseas sweatshops

This Sunday marks the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed 1,136 garment workers. Each year, since the tragedy, a report card has been released monitoring the progress of the fashion industry and individual companies in improving the rights and...