2011 News

  • Merry Christmas from the Workplace Research Centre 14 Dec 2011

    All the staff from the WRC wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. More

  • Lessons from Abroad: Improving Australia's Approach to Workforce Planning 10 Nov 2011

    Linda Scott, WRC Senior Research Analyst summaries her recent report on international lessons for Australia to improve our approaches to workforce planning.  Commissioned by Skills Australia, the research examines data and case studies from the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Norway, making a series of policy recommendations.  Norway, chosen for its parallels to Australia's booming resource intensive economy, provides useful policy solutions for avoiding Australia's looming skills shortages. More

  • Skills for whose prosperity? critical research agendas for workplace learning 18 Oct 2011

    You are invited to an October VET event: Skills for whose prosperity? critical research agendas for workplace learning More

  • The role of VET in workforce development: a story of conflicting expectations 13 Oct 2011

    A recent research report by Dr Tanya Bretherton from the Workplace Research Centre is now available online at the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER) website. This final report is from a three-year research program that examined the dynamics of workforce development and explored the challenges in maintaining viable labour flows in the child care and meat processing industries. More

  • Understanding and improving labour mobility: a scoping paper 12 Oct 2011


    One of the challenges policy-makers face is the lack of systemic analysis around the concept of labour mobility, especially in relation to how mobility is changing and what can be done to improve it.


  • Job preservation a concern for nation of 'insecure' workers 28 Sep 2011

    Job preservation a concern for nation of 'insecure' workers

    AUSTRALIA is lagging behind the developed world when it comes to job security, new research from the Australian Council of Trade Unions has found.

    About 40 per cent of the workforce is employed in casual, contract or other ''insecure'' work.


  • National Equal Pay Day & Australia at Work 06 Sep 2011

    On 1st September - National Equal Pay Day - Unions NSW launched research findings about the gender pay gap. The research on the gender pay gap among full-time and part-time employees was conducted by Professor Alison Preston (Curtin University), Serena Yu and Sally Wright (both researchers from the Workplace Research Centre).  More

  • Addressing the skills capacity crisis in road and rail engineering 20 Jul 2011

    A recent research report conducted by the Workplace Research Centre in partnership with the National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS) has examined strategies to overcome the acute skills capacity crisis in road and rail engineering. The research was commissioned by the Australian National Engineering Taskforce which was formed in 2010 with the aim of creating a national strategy for the development of Australia's current and future engineering workforce. More

  • How can we help all Australian workers to improve their health? 12 Jul 2011

    The Workplace Research Centre is working collaboratively with the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders and the Workforce Education and Development Group in the Sydney Medical School to further our knowledge of how we can improve our health and wellbeing in the workplace. This University of Sydney research consortium has been contracted by the Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA) to develop content and related resources for an online national Healthy Workers Portal. This project aims to assist employers and employees to implement healthy living programs in workplaces as part of the Healthy Worker Initiative. More

  • Happiness, Health and Wellbeing @ Work Conference, 14th of September 24 May 2011

    The Happiness, Health and Wellbeing @ Work conference is facilitated by some of Australia's leading experts on psychology, leadership and Human Resources. The conference, now in it's fifth year, presents the latest research and strategies on workplace health and wellbeing programs.

    This year the first half of the day will be presented by the wellbeing experts from the ABC show 'Making Australia Happy'. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear the lessons learnt from the TV show and how these lessons can be applied to Australian workers and workplaces. 


  • Announcing Advocacy in the IR Tribunals - 10 Week Training Course 17 May 2011

    Wednesdays 29 June - 31 August, 5.30 - 7.30pm
    This long-established course is suitable to aspiring industrial advocates from employer and union backgrounds.   More

  • Safe As Houses: The many lives of housing and financial markets, Tuesday 19th April 11 Mar 2011

    A one-day workshop convened by the AWGF (Australian Working Group on Financialisation) and the Markets and Society Research Network, at The University of Sydney. More

  • 19th Annual Labour Law Conference, 1 August 02 Feb 2011

    WRC and Sydney Law School are pleased to announce the 19th Annual Labour Law Conference, Monday 1 August. You can receive a special early bird rate of $700 until the 30th April. Sydney Uni staff and student discounts are also available. For more information go to http://www.wrc.org.au/event-details.php?eventid=103 or download the schedule and speakers flyer here.


  • Employment Relations in a Global Context, 30 March 03 Jan 2011

    The Global Forum on Employment Relations was a great success. Thanks to all our International and Local speakers for their interesting and insightful presentations yesterday and to our 250 attendees for their participation and discussion throughout the day, we hope you enjoyed it. Read some of the news stories from the Forum. More