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Aims:
  • Generate a new, longitudinal data source of sufficient size and scale.
  • Assess which current Australian workplace flexibility arrangements and employer provided leave provisions affects mothers’ workforce engagement and how they do so.
  • Assess how the availability of different types of childcare arrangements, and mothers’ use of them, affects their workforce engagement.
  • Assess how the quality of jobs, job characteristics and employment relationships (for jobs held before and after the birth) affect mothers’ workforce engagement.
  • Assess how these effects vary across time.
  • Assess how these effects vary across important social groups defined by human capital, family economic circumstances, and marital status.

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.

The study began in 2012, funded by the then Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs as part of the evaluation of the introduction of the Paid Parental leave scheme. Through additional funding from the Australian Research Council and continued funding from the Department of Social Services the study will continue on an annual basis until 2015.

The goal of the extension of the Millennium Mums project is to study changes in mother’s work and family lives during their child’s preschool years. See the Millennium Mums website for more details.

Project Value: 
$888 832.00
Funding: 
The Australian Research Council
Department of Social Services (DSS)
Partners: 
Department of Social Services
Time status: 
Current
Contact: 
Professor Janeen Baxter (j.baxter@uq.edu.au)
Aims:
  • Generate a new, longitudinal data source of sufficient size and scale.
  • Assess which current Australian workplace flexibility arrangements and employer provided leave provisions affects mothers’ workforce engagement and how they do so.
  • Assess how the availability of different types of childcare arrangements, and mothers’ use of them, affects their workforce engagement.
  • Assess how the quality of jobs, job characteristics and employment relationships (for jobs held before and after the birth) affect mothers’ workforce engagement.
  • Assess how these effects vary across time.
  • Assess how these effects vary across important social groups defined by human capital, family economic circumstances, and marital status.
Cluster: 
Program/Affiliation: 
Type: 
Quantitative
Longitudinal Outcomes
Program Evaluative
Keywords: 
Wellbeing
Social inclusion
Policy evaluation
Families
Life course
Labour market
Employment
Number: 
ISSR010499