Work-life balance


20 Mar 2017

This research shows Australian business owners are embracing access to fast broadband and cloud applications to help them save time and achieve a better work-life balance.

It reveals that although four in five (80%) Australian business owners agree work-life balance was the key motivation...


28 Nov 2016

Short commentary article summarizing findings and policy implications of a research paper on threats to access to, and utilisation of, paid holiday leave in Australian employment. Written by Troy Henderson and Jim Stanford, and published by the Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute....


16 Nov 2016

Summary: It is commonly stated that there is a need for flexible child care to be available to parents especially for those who work variable or non-standard hours, given the 24/7 nature of today's labour market. But Australian and international research shows that parents'...

Audio presentation

16 Aug 2016

Technologies are not neutral tools that emerge independently of society. According to Judy Wajcman, their design and use reflect as much as they shape the societies which invent them.

Professor Wajcman examines the way digital technologies have enabled us to complete tasks faster and...



1 Aug 2016

It must be hard for the working poor. They’re part of a growing army of 'precariats' - workers on low wages, temporary or no contracts, little or no sick or holiday pay, and no penalty rates. The precarious nature of their employment means they can’t...


18 Apr 2016

Analyses the links between mental health and two alternative workplace productivity measures– absenteeism and presenteeism.

Abstract Much of the economic cost of mental illness stems from workers’ reduced productivity. We analyze the links between mental health and two alternative workplace productivity measures –...


13 Apr 2016

This paper provides a summary of the key findings from this evaluation into meeting the needs of parents who work non-standard or variable work hours and who may have difficulties finding child care that supports such work hours.

Given the importance of child care...


12 Mar 2016

Results of this report suggest that over employment has adverse consequences.

Abstract Nationally representative panel survey data for Australia and Germany are used to investigate the impact of working-time mismatches (i.e., differences between actual and desired work hours) on mental health, as measured...

Journal article

24 Feb 2016

This paper uses Australian data from a national representative sample of Australian couples having their first child. Using data from before and after the birth of the child on a range of variables, including economic resources, gender attitudes, workplace flexibility, and availability of non-parental childcare,...


3 Feb 2016

The Power of Flexibility is the fifth in a series of landmark gender parity surveys by global management consulting firm Bain & Company and Chief Executive Women, Australia’s pre-eminent organisation of 360–senior women leaders.

Over 1000 members of the Australian business, government and not-for-profit...


3 Feb 2016

This program discusses men's apprehension in relation to undertaking flexible work hours.

Summary Women are usually the ones requesting flexible work to fit around family responsibilities. While more men are expected to share the domestic load few request flexible work, fearing a negative...


27 Jan 2016

Following on from the McKell Institute’s report on the economic impact of penalty rate cuts in Australia’s retail and hospitality industries, this report looks at the economic and health impacts of cutting penalty rates for nurses, midwives and aged care workers.

This report highlights...

Audio presentation

20 Aug 2015

Jennifer Nedelsky calls for deliberation on her proposal to completely rebalance the challenges of employment, life, family and care. Her idea; that everybody (and she does mean everybody) engage in both paid part-time work and unpaid part-time care. In this talk she argues that the...


6 Aug 2015

Presents a review of government initiatives that help families balance their work and family responsibilities, highlighting innovative ideas and including a discussion of international trends and themes.


This AIFS Research Report presents a review of government initiatives that help families balance...


17 Mar 2015

Economics of Dignity. Marilyn Waring no longer believes that we should put monetary values on unpaid work and the environment. Instead she has developed a human rights approach that puts women and other vulnerable people at the centre. What would make women’s lives easier, safer...


4 Dec 2014

This research project conducts a longitudinal study monitoring school principals and deputy/assistant principals’ and deputy/assistant principals and deputy/assistant principals’ health and wellbeing annually. Principals and deputy/assistant principals’ health and wellbeing in differing school types, levels and size will be monitored along with lifestyle choices such...


4 Dec 2014

A new study into the health and safety of Australia's school principals has found that they are seven times more likely to experience violence on the job compared to the rest of the working population.

The Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety, & Wellbeing Survey,...


1 Dec 2014

Andrew Scott, Associate Professor in Politics and Policy at Deakin University, is the guest on this episode of Life Matters.

The Nordic countries have both economic prosperity and social equality and Scott believes that Australian governments should adopt similar policies on work life balance,...


18 Nov 2014

Work/life balance continues to be an issue for many people with only three-out-of-ten people (3.4 million) reporting an improvement in the past five years, according to this report.

Introduction Former Prime Minister of Australia John Howard described work/life balance as a "BBQ-stopper" in...


11 Nov 2014

This report uses detailed analysis of the National Aged Care Workforce Census and Survey, 2012, to identify benchmarks of job quality for Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) and Community Care Workers (CCWs).

The purpose in identifying these job quality benchmarks is two-fold. Firstly, they allow...



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