Women and Work Research Group (WWRG)

To understand and progress women's working lives

The Women and Work Research Group (WWRG) at the University of Sydney Business School provides a scholarly environment for inquiry into all aspects of women, work, employment, family and community in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. It provides a focal point for collaboration with established and leading and emerging scholars, with research centres with similar interests and with practitioners and policy makers in the field. The WWRG has an extensive membership of academics and practitioners and holds regular seminars, roundtables and conferences.

The WWRG also engages closely with public and political debates about maternity, family and carers' leave, the implications of changing industrial relations regulations on women, child care and family violence. Recent studies and reports have included a focus on women and leadership in the NSW public sector, on work and care chains in the Asia-Pacific, analysis of the financial impact of changes to Australia's paid parental leave system and on paid domestic leave.

  • WWRG Director: Dr Marian Baird, Professor of Employment Relations
  • WWRG Deputy Director: Dr Rae Cooper, Associate Professor, Work and Organisational Studies, Business School
  • WWRG Research Associate: Alexandra Heron

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Workforce Attachment Policy Comparisons

The attached paper compares the Female Workforce Attachment Policies of the political parties. It has been authored by Professor Marian Baird, and Irina Kolodizner, and authorised by the National Foundation for Australian Women Social Policy Committee.

Female Workforce Attachment Policies

WWRG members along with more than 25 other Australian Academics who constitute The Work and Family Policy Roundtable, release Work, Care and Family Policies: Election Benchmarks 2013.
Visit the Work + Family Policy Rountable website for a full outline of the Benchmarks.

Current Issues & Publications

Childcare & Early Childhood Learning Productivity Commission Public Inquiry

  • The WWRG made a submission in September 2014 to the Productivity Commission on it draft inquiry report.

WGEA reporting requirements consultation

The Right to Request flexible working arrangements

Women, Work and the Global Economic Downturn, a WWRG research report

Mature Age Workers and Eldercare, a WWRG research report

The Government Review of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act and Agency has been completed and legislation amending the Act is before Parliament (April 2012)