The Centre for Work + Life is a hub for innovative thinking about work, life, and improving the wellbeing of Australians. We focus on generating long-term change, tackling the big questions around how work intersects with households, community and social life.
Our research is internationally focused, collaborative and has real-world impact. Our key research themes include ageing, retirement, gender equality, decent work, flexibility, working hours, sexual harassment, new technologies, and work-life interaction.
The latest AWALI survey focuses on the challenges of combining paid work with unpaid caring responsibilities, the right to request flexible work arrangements and the effect of legislative changes, and the impact of unsocial working hours on wellbeing.
The release of the AWALI 2014 national report received extensive media coverage around Australia. The findings of the survey were reported in major and regional newspapers and discussed on ABC radio and commercial television.
A new report that analyses findings from the AWALI 2014 survey indicates that many Australians who regularly work unsocial hours, such as on Sundays, would choose to stop working those hours if they no longer received penalty rates.
This collaborative project focuses on job quality and workforce planning in aged care. Together with leading industry partners, it aims to improve jobs for workers as well as the quality of care and services experienced by older Australians.
Centre for Work + Life founding Director Professor Barbara Pocock writes a personal reflection on retirement for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, discovering life beyond paid work and what it means for wellbeing and identity.
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Our research is widely published in books, book chapters, journal articles and reports.