Work, workforces and labour markets 

Paid work has a major impact on the most important opportunities and experiences in almost everyone’s life. The employment cluster of research focuses on understanding the social arrangements and social institutions that shape patterns of education and employment.

This research cluster focuses on social capital, the labour market, family income, and the social and contextual factors that mediate and modify these workforce dynamics.

The Institute won two major competitive contracts to review and evaluate the Federal Government’s Paid Parental Leave scheme (PPL) and the Dad and Partner Pay scheme (DAPP).

Below is a list of research projects associated with this cluster.

Millennium Mums Survey: Enhancing mothers’ engagement with the workforce in the preschool years

The Millennium Mums project is a national study of working mothers who had babies in October and November 2011. The project examines their experiences with leave from their employer and decisions about paid employment, as well as family life, health and wellbeing around the birth of their baby.... Read more

Understanding the Spatial and Social Drivers of Employment Transitions

This research develops an analytical model to inform policies concerned with reducing the economic and social costs associated with unproductive time spent in labour market transitions between unemployment and employment. Integrating data from several large Australian social surveys, a... Read more

Government Agencies use of Evidence

This proposal seeks to scope the essential underlying issues involved in the question: 'How do government agencies at different levels use evidence in making decisions and how effective is their decision making and use of evidence?’ The research literature concerning this complex multi... Read more

Collective Agreements & Social Security in Comparative Perspective

The current research focuses on an extension of recent studies (e.g. Trampusch 2006, Yerkes 2011) into the role of industrial relations actors in welfare state policy by looking at the interplay of social security policy and industrial relations in comparative context. The study takes the Dutch... Read more

Paid Parental Leave Evaluation

This project is an evaluation of the Australian government’s Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme which commenced on January 1, 2011. The evaluation, which began in 2010, was commissioned by the then Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (now the Department of... Read more

Dad and Partner Pay Evaluation

The project is an evaluation of the Australian Government’s Dad and Partner Pay (DaPP) scheme. DaPP aims to create new opportunities for fathers and partners to bond with their newborn child, and allow them to take a larger share of caring responsibilities for their newborn children. The... Read more

Developing an Effective Homelessness Workforce

The Road to Home (2008) identified the development of a workforce strategy as a central component oh homelessness policy and an integral element of an effective response to homelessness. The aim of this project was to provide a research evidence base for the development of an effective homelessness... Read more

Review of Gender and Development Training

Gender equality is a key goal of Australian and international development work, and is recognized by the United Nations (UN) in Millennium Development Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women. Gender equality is viewed as a key goal due to its’ intrinsic ethical worth, but is also... Read more

Young Public Servants

This study continues my research in the under-theorized area of workforce planning in public services. It focuses on the international problem of attracting and retaining young people in ageing public workforces. Governments can use the findings to develop evidence-based solutions that will attract... Read more

Geographical Flexibility in Australia

The current structure of the Australian labour market often demands that employees be both geographically mobile as well as flexible. Yet little is known about the way in which the combination of these two factors, mobility and flexibility, or geographical flexibility, affects employees as well as... Read more