Long working hours



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...

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.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Bill Shorten says a million Australians are doing two jobs and a million are underemployed. Is he correct?

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has bemoaned the extent of underemployment in Australia and the prevalence of "second jobs" during the first leaders' debate of the 2019 election.

An unhealthy obsession: the impact of work hours and workplace culture on Australia's health

Australians work some of the longest hours in the developed world – substantially longer than their counterparts in Denmark, The Netherlands and Norway. For many Australians though, work stress is related not to the number of hours worked, but a mismatch between the workers’ desired...
Working paper

Measuring the success of employment law in addressing the problem of long working hours in Australia

This paper discusses how for some employees The National Employment Scheme will be the sole safety net and support, in terms of negotiating working hours and conditions with their employer.

Long work hours: volunteers and conscripts

Panel data from Australia are used to study the prevalence of work hours mismatch among long hours workers and, more importantly, how that mismatch persists and changes over time, and what factors are associated with these changes. Particular attention is paid to the roles played...

The persistence of long work hours

Robert Drago, David Black and Mark Wooden tested alternative hypotheses for the causes of long working hours, using data for an Australian sample of full-time employed workers. The results suggest that long hours (50 or more hours in a usual week) are often persistent, and...

Long work hours and the wellbeing of fathers and their families

The average hours worked by full-time employees in Australia have increased since the late 1970s. This, combined with increases in female labour force participation, has led to concerns about the impact of long work hours on family life. In this paper Ruth Weston, Matthew Gray...