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Working paper

Insights into working from home in Australia in 2020: positives, negatives and the potential for future benefits to transport and society

In this working paper, the authors argue that while COVID‐19 has been a crippling event, working from home has the potential to be an unintended positive consequence of the widespread disruption. There are benefits to the individual employee, to employers and businesses, and to the...
Policy report

Uber and beyond: policy implications for the UK

Following the recent United Kingdom's Supreme Court judgement on Uber’s employment model and the global legal and regulatory pressures on the broader platform business model, this policy brief explores the implications of these developments for work and productivity in the UK economy.
Report

How frontline domestic and family violence workforce in Australia kept connected to their clients and each other through the pandemic

This report presents the findings of a nation-wide study of the experiences of frontline domestic and family violence (DFV) practitioners in Australia during the early months of COVID-19. The study explores the perceived impacts of the pandemic on clients, service adaptations and innovations, and the...
Report

Insecure work and portable entitlements: a solution for Australia

Insecure work is a reality for too many Australian workers. This report explores how the implementation of a portable entitlements scheme could improve the livelihoods of this growing cohort of Australian workers.
Report

Report of Valuing the Teaching Profession - an independent inquiry

In early 2020, the NSW Teachers Federation resolved to commission an independent inquiry into the state of the teaching profession in the public schools of NSW and the significant changes that have affected the profession since 2004. This report outlines the inquiry's findings.
Briefing paper

The Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021: briefing note

The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated just how damaging job insecurity is, not only to individual workers and their families, but to society as a whole. This briefing paper lays out the Bill’s provisions and Per Capita's arguments against them.
Report

Working from home: from invisibility to decent work

With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many in the world’s workforce have shifted to home-working, thereby joining the hundreds of millions of workers who have already been working from home for decades. This report seeks to improve understanding of home work, as well as...
Policy report

Exploratory study of good policies in the protection of construction workers in the Middle East

This paper explores the changes that have taken place over the past few decades in the way in which workers are employed in the construction industry. As a number of studies have recently dealt with the challenge of eliminating recruitment debt, this paper will focus...
Working paper

Who on Earth can work from home?

COVID-19 is likely to exacerbate inequality, especially in richer countries where better paid and educated workers are insulated from the shock. This paper presents new estimates of the share of jobs that can be performed from home. The analysis is based on the task content...
Report

Work and life in a pandemic: an update on hours of work and unpaid overtime under COVID-19

This research reveals that almost three-quarters of Australians 'working from home' are doing at least some of it in non-work-time. The report calls for additional protections for people working from home, including limits on hours, overtime pay when relevant, allowances for extra home office expenses...