Work environment


15 Mar 2018

This report discusses the context within which work health and safety and road traffic safety currently intersect, and the process followed during the preparation of a work health and safety guide.

Journal article

8 Mar 2018


Internationally, buildings are a major contributor to carbon emissions. Despite significant advances in the technology and construction of energy-efficient buildings, in many cases a performance gap between designed and actual performance exists. While much research has investigated the drivers of the building...


31 Jan 2018

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.

Discussion paper

14 Dec 2016

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...


23 Nov 2016

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...


23 Nov 2016

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...


16 Sep 2016

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...


8 Jun 2016

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...


27 May 2016

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,...


20 May 2016

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...


21 Apr 2016

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...


20 Apr 2016

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,...


7 Apr 2016

This Australian Charities Fund (ACF) sponsored report looks at the giving habits of young Australians, to examine their current level of engagement with Workplace Giving Programs (WGPs) and to determine the motivators that could increase their participation in Workplace Giving.

The report indicates young...


23 Mar 2016


This audit examined the effectiveness of the health sector in preventing and responding to inappropriate behaviour including bullying and harassment.

Inappropriate behaviour including bullying and harassment have significant consequences—for individuals, patients and health sector agencies. This audit focused on the effectiveness...


3 Mar 2016

Seeks to add to and strengthen the evidence base that exists around gender pay gaps throughout Australian workplaces.

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...


21 Dec 2015

The report is a broad ranging assessment of Australia's workplace relations (WR) framework, considering current laws, institutions and practices. It uses an economywide approach, looking at possible reforms that, where merited, are likely to enhance the welfare of Australians as a whole.

This report...

Journal article

17 Aug 2015

Lifestyle-related chronic diseases pose a considerable burden to the individual and the wider society, with correspondingly negative effects on industry. Obesity is a particular problem for the Australasian road and rail industries where it is associated with specific cardiac and fatigue-related safety risks, and levels...

Draft report

4 Aug 2015

The Productivity Commission invites examination of the draft report, and written submissions by Friday 18 September 2015.

The draft report is a broad-ranging assessment of Australia's workplace relations framework, considering current laws, institutions and practices. It uses an economy-wide approach, looking at possible reforms...



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