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Marian Baird

Marian Baird

BEc(Hons); DipEd; PhD Sydney
Professor of Employment Relations

Rm 441
H03 - Institute Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 6439
Fax +61 2 9351 4729


Marian Baird is Professor of Employment Relations and Director of the Women♀Work Research Group in the University of Sydney Business School. Marian is co-editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations and is on the editorial board of the Australian Bulletin of Labour and the international journal, Community, Work and Family. She is a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate, a member of the Women's College Council and on the Research Committee of the Diversity Council of Australia.

Marian currently teaches in the postgraduate program and in Semester 1, 2014, she will be teaching WORK6012 Industrial Relations Policy. This unit will be taught in intensive mode on the following dates: 26 & 27 April, 3 & 4 May, 17 & 18 May. You are welcome to contact Marian for further information.

Marian is one of Australia's leading researchers in the fields of women, work and family. She has received a number of Australian Research Council and federal and state government grants to study maternity and parental leave, flexibility for working parents, women and the global financial crisis, mature age workers and low paid workers, gender equitable organisational change and work and family in regional Australia. She is widely published in Australia and internationally.

Marian is very active in policy arena, currently sitting on the Paid Parental leave Review Steering Committee, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency Implementation Consultation Group and the Australian Human Rights Commission Reference Group for the Discrimination in Relation to Pregnancy and Return to Work after Parental Leave. She is also currently a member of the Paid Parental Leave Policy evaluation team, a federally funded project to evaluate the new paid parental leave policy in Australia. Prior to that she was a chief investigator on "The Parental Leave in Australia Study", which provided detailed survey, case study and interview data about maternity leave availability and usage in Australia. In 2012 Marian was a member of the Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force and in 2011 she was a member of the EOWA Implementation Advisory Group. Marian is frequently invited to speak to unions, women's groups, councils, other universities, business and the press about employment relations generally and women and work specifically.

Marian is a highly regarded teacher. She lectures in both the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Business School. Marian is the co-author of Human Resource Management: Strategy and Practice (2011), the leading Australian HRM text and winner of the Australian Educational Publishing Award for best tertiary text.

Industry Engagement 2012

  • Qld Nurses Union - Paid Paternity Leave
  • UTS - Women and Engineering
  • Public Service Association of NSW - Women and the Public Sector
  • Australian Human Rights Commission - Defence Force Review panel member
  • AFL-CIO and Families at Work, Washington DC, USA - Bargaining for Paid Parental and Carers Leave
  • Xchange Insurance - Women and management
  • Leichhardt Council - Empower a Woman, Empower a Nation
  • FaHCSIA - Employers and Paid Parental Leave

Industry Engagement 2011

  • Sony Australia: Women and Leadership
  • Women in Science, University of Sydney: Women in Australia: Women in Science
  • HR@Work Network: The Rise of Women
  • Sydney University Business School, Take the Lead: Paid Parental Leave - Opportunity or Challenge for Employers
  • The Labor and Employment Relations Association 2011 National Policy Forum, Washington DC: Fair Work Australia: Combining Enterprise Success with Fair Treatment of Workers
  • Institute for Women's Policy Research Washington DC: Family Policy and Workplace Flexibility: Lessons from Australia
  • Centre for Economic Policy Research, Washington DC: Family Policy and Workplace Flexibility: Acceptance and Resistance
  • Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Employment Relations in Australia in an Era of Change: Employer Responses to Paid Parental Leave

Newsroom articles

  • The Drum 07 Apr 2014

    ABC News 24

    Professor Marian Baird is interviewed on ABC News 24, The Drum about why working Australian mothers are still facing discrimination, during and after pregnancy.

  • Paid parental leave 30 Mar 2014

    ABC Radio National

    Professor Marian Baird is interviewed by Radio National Canberra's Sunday Extra program about the Federal government's planned paid parenatl leave scheme.

  • Super crisis: Australian women at risk of running out of retirement savings 03 Feb 2014

    The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, Townsville Bulletin, and Gold Coast Bulletin

    Dr Marian Baird is quoted in an article which reports Australian women are at risk of running out of savings during retirement.

  • Abbott to override all parental schemes 22 Jan 2014

    Australian Financial Review

    Professor Marian Baird is quoted in the Australian Financial Review article which reports the government plans to override all existing parental leave schemes.

  • Paternity leave stigma 15 Jan 2014

    4BC Brisbane

    Professor Baird talks about the stigma associated with men taking paternity leave.

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Research Grants


Enhancing mothers' engagement with the workforce in the preschool years

Increasing the workforce participation of mothers is a key national policy agenda. This project will produce unique data that provides insights into how leave arrangements, childcare, flexibility, job characteristics and individual circumstances interact to influence mothers' workforce engagement and how this varies for different groups of mothers.

ARC Linkage Grant


Flexibility for working parents in the 'hybrid' fair work system

The Fair Work Act (2009) establishes a novel 'hybrid' system of workplace regulation encompassing individual rights and processes and a new collective bargaining regime. This project investigates how the new framework can be utilised to establish flexible working arrangements for the benefit of families, employers and society.

ARC Discovery Project

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Research Expertise

  • Paid maternity leave in Australia
  • Parental leave
  • Women, work and family
  • Regulation of work
  • Industrial relations and human resource management

Recent Units Taught


Professor Marian Baird from Work and Organisational Studies talks about the Federal Government's major policy initiatives to reduce gender inequality.

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Professor Marian Baird applauds the Federal Government decision to introduce paid parental leave.

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