Flexible work arrangements
Labour market flexibility
2023 State of the future of work
Peter Ghin, Camilla Hydelund, Susan Ainsworth, Alysia Blackhman, Jeff Borland, Marc Cheong, Michelle Evans, Lea Frerman, Tania King, Frank Vetere
This is the first report from the Work Futures Hallmark Research Initiative, a team of interdisciplinary researchers from the University of Melbourne. The report focuses on the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on work futures.
Senate Select Committee on Work and Care: final report
This final report from the Senate Select Committee on Work and Care draws on 11 days of hearings across Australia, as well as 125 published submissions. The issue of predictable pay and working hours has emerged as an important and significant issue in the inquiry...
Teleworking through the gender looking glass: facts and gaps
This paper takes stock of existing data and research on the gendered dimension of teleworking, to foster efficient data collection and evidence-based monitoring of the phenomenon in the future.
The future of work: designing for safety, wellbeing and the workplaces of tomorrow
The future of work is a context that is rapidly being shaped by powerful forces - the growing adoption of artificial intelligence in the workplace, the increasing casualisation of the workforce, and the decentralised nature of where and how work is being performed. This report...
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...
Senate Select Committee on Work and Care: interim report
A growing number of Australian workers have responsibility for the care of someone else—perhaps children, an ageing parent or someone with a disability or chronic illness—while they are working. This inquiry is examining the ways in which the combination of work and care responsibilities is...
Realizing the opportunities of the platform economy through freedom of association and collective bargaining
This study provides empirical evidence from different regions of the world to identify avenues for platform economy workers to access freedom of association and collective bargaining.
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.
FlexWork is an opportunity for government to embrace the future of work
This report outlines how government organisations can strike a balance between wellbeing for government workers and productivity for economic benefit.
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.
The great migration: leaving our cities for the regions - part 2: current working patterns, future work perspectives
COVID-19 has forced us to reimagine the way we’re working now and into the future. This second instalment in the Future of Work Lab’s 'Regional Migration Survey' series, aims to better understand the current working patterns and future work aspirations of people who have migrated...
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.
Working during the pandemic: the future of work is hybrid
This study demonstrates that while managers are becoming increasingly supportive of flexible working arrangements, managers and employees have different perceptions of employee productivity when work is done remotely.
Fourth interim report: the job insecurity report
This report is the committee's final substantive report. It covers a wide range of issues relating to insecure and precarious work. In this report, the committee has been able to bring together evidence on a number of remaining issues, including—critically—casual work and the impacts of...
The age of remote work: how COVID-19 transformed organizations in real time
In almost the blink of an eye, the COVID-19 pandemic changed shopping, dining, socialising, travel, and the world of work. This report chronicles changes in modern office work arrangements across government agencies and private sector companies in response to the pandemic. The report identifies challenges...
A best practice guide for flexible and work-from-home arrangements
Flexibility, and work-from-home in particular, should be viewed as a change to the work context that may introduce new workplace health and safety (WHS) hazards. This guide provides practical advice to enhance flexible worker wellbeing through the continual advancement of the organisation’s capability to promote...
Working from home, or living at work?
2021 marks the thirteenth annual Go Home on Time Day, an initiative of the Centre for Future Work focusing on overwork among Australians, including excessive overtime that is often unpaid. This year’s report considers whether home work will become the 'new normal' for many workers...
Second interim report: insecurity in publicly-funded jobs
This interim report looks at insecurity in publicly-funded jobs and is focussed primarily on those jobs where the Australian government—also referred to as the Commonwealth—is the funder, or primary funder.
Future of work literature review: emerging trends and issues
This report synthesises the literature of the last decade, with a focus on literature emerging since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to identify issues that will affect working in the Australian Public Service (APS). It focuses on teleworking, but also examines activity-based working and...
Hybrid working: the story so far .. preview
In February 2021, WorkFLEX started interviewing senior business leaders from around Australia, to ask them what the likely post-pandemic work arrangements would be for their organisations. This presentation presents a preview of some of the trends that have already been identified.
Working from home: research paper
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to large-scale and rapid changes in work practices, including a dramatic increase in the number of people working from home. This report considers how decisions about location of work will be made as firms and workers continue to learn how...
Remote work wanted? Evidence from job postings during COVID-19
This paper evaluates the evolution of employment and job postings around the 'remotability' of work in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic up to the end of 2020.
First interim report: on-demand platform work in Australia
The Senate Select Committee on Job Security was established to inquire into and report on the impact of insecure or precarious employment on the economy, wages, social cohesion and workplace rights and conditions. This first interim report focuses on gig work and gig workers.
Navigating precarity in non-standard work
An estimated 30 percent of the Canadian workforce engages in non-standard employment in some form. This paper explores policy considerations as well as the current state of non-standard and precarious employment and antecedents that have rendered this a reality for many and a choice for...
Blending the physical and virtual: a hybrid model for the future of work
The pandemic has shown that many workers can efficiently work remotely, with benefits for wellbeing and even productivity. This paper argues that the European Union should develop a framework to facilitate hybrid work.