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Centre for Work + Life

  • About

    About the Centre

    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.

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  • Our research

    Our research

    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.

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  • Quality aged care

    Quality aged care

    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.

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  • AWALI 2014

    AWALI 2014

    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.

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  • New parents experience discrimination

    New parents experience discrimination

    Assoc. Prof. Sara Charlesworth, a legal expert in gender equality in employment, writes for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald on the challenges new parents face when returning to the workplace.

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  • Age-friendly workplaces

    Age-friendly workplaces

    Janet O'Hehir, a researcher at the Centre for Work + Life, writes for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald on the contribution of older workers and how workplaces can adopt an age-friendly model.

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  • Smart technologies

    Smart technologies and work

    Dr Fiona Macdonald writes for The Weekend Australian on the effects on employees' work-life balance of being constantly connected to the workplace through the use of smartphones and other mobile devices.

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  • Retirement: leaping into the void?

    Retirement: leaping into the void?

    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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"Making a living is not the same as making a life."

- Maya Angelou, 1928-2014

Study with us

Study with us

We welcome honours, masters and PhD students. Some scholarships are available.

Collaborate with us

Collaborate with us

Collaborate with us on a research partnership or an initiative to influence government policy.

Our publications

Collaborate with us

Our research is widely published in books, book chapters, journal articles and reports.

Areas of study and research

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