Labour standards and practice

Australia at Work (Overview) 2012

Client:  ARC - Australian Research Council/ ACTU Australian Council for Trade Unions/ Unions NSW / various other unions [smaller funders, add if possible] CFMEU - Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union / CEPU - Communications, Electrical, Plumbing Union/ Police Federation of Australia/ NSW Nurses Association/ ANF - Australian Nursing Federation, Victoria/ SDA - Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association

Between 2007 and 2012, the Workplace Research Centre conducted the Australia at Work Survey, a longitudinal study tracking the experiences of over 5,000 Australian workers over a turbulent period economically and in terms of industrial relations. It is the richest source of Australian data on employment conditions, hours and patterns of work. The objective of the survey was to examine the key characteristics as well as changes in Australian working life. A total of 8,341 participants completed the survey in Wave 1 and at end of Wave 5 5855 participants remained in the study (an attrition rate of only 30% at the end of Wave 5). The project was funded by an Australian Research Council grant with support from Unions New South Wales and other union bodies as industry partners. Since the project commenced in 2007, the Australia at Work project team has sought to understand the nature of employment in this country, and how it is changing over time. More information about outcomes from the Australia at Work study can be found at the link below.

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