Australian Workplace Research
WRC is one of Australia's premier work and labour market research centres. We undertake a wide range of research projects and work with you to identify your research questions.
Our highly qualified researchers will design an appropriate solution for you and deliver the findings in an easy-to-read, non technical format which can be viewed in any medium you choose - hardcopy, PDF download or seminar.
The Workplace Research Centre currently undertakes research in the following areas:
Australia at Work is a longitudinal study of 8,341 Australians, examining people's working lives in a continually changing industrial relations environment. The research participants were contacted once a year for five years (2007 to 2011) to find out how their working lives were changing.
The annual nation-wide telephone interviews are now completed, however analysis of the five years of data is ongoing. This website is regularly updated with the latest research publications, media and factsheets from the Australia at Work data.
Assessment of Salary, Working Hours and Job Satisfaction, by examining:
Pay and other forms of remuneration
Working time and working time preferences
Workload and work intensification
Representation at work
Assessment of Skills, including:
Industry skills shortages
Apprenticeships, traineeships and the VET system
Skill ‘ecosystems’ analysis
Workplace training and development policy and practice
Migrant skills issues
Industrial relations laws and employment conditions
Implications of legislation such as Work Choices, Fair
Work Act, National Employment Standards (NES), Modern Awards
Customs and practices (non-legislative aspects of work) on work
Forms of employment
Permanent, fixed term contract and casual employees
Non-standard forms of employment, self-employment, contracting and sub-contracting.
Agreement making and the role of unions
Collective and individual agreement making
Negotiation and dispute settlement
Analysis of union organising strategies, union membership density, attitudes to unions
Future of work
Sustainability of work and , ‘green skills
Impact of technology on work
New forms of work
Life course and transitional labour market issues
Social inclusion and the sociology of work
Unemployed, underemployed and marginalised workers
Gender and diversity issues
Work & life balance and interference
Occupational health and safety
Physical & psychosocial aspects of work
Safe and unsafe working conditions
Safety cultures and safety systems
The levels of analysis undertaken include:
The individual worker
Large and small-scale surveys (electronic, telephone, paper-based)
Combining qualitative and quantitative methods in the one project.