ISSR's employment area of research explores issues relating to work quality, labour markets, human capital and skill needs. We seek to understand the social arrangements and institutions that shape patterns of education and employment in Australia, and translate this into policy development and application efforts.

Paid work has a major impact on the most important opportunities and experiences in almost everyone’s life. Some of the key discovery aims in our employment research projects are:

  • The impact of education and employment on individuals, including income, health, happiness and social contribution
  • The influence of contextual factors such as family situation, and wider social issues on education, employment and labour markets
  • How work is organised and could be reorganised

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ISSR Evidence Validated Paid Parental Leave Scheme

The Australian Government commissioned ISSR to undertake one of the then largest evaluations of public policy. The evaluation examined the operation of the Paid Parental Leave scheme, a program of support payments made to new parents, and its impact on a range of outcomes, including mothers’ and fathers’ leave taking, the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies, mothers labour force participation, and gender equity and work-life balance.

Our analysis found PPL to be a success, contributing to greater workforce participation and improved health and wellbeing for mothers, and positive family and social outcomes for the entire family unit.

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ISSR offers two types of learning opportunities within the employment field:

  • Short courses - beneficial for those analysing or interpreting data for use in policies, practices, or research
  • Research Higher Degree - a research degree, such as a Masters degree or a PhD, for those wishing to advance theoretical knowledge in matters concerning employment

Methods for Social Analysis and Statistics (MFSAS)

MFSAS training teaches professionals from government, non-government organisations and industry how to analyse and interpret data for evidence-based decision-making.

Four MFSAS training products are available:

  • Introductory ‘dealing with data’, self-guided training resources, cover the basics of data and data collection.
  • Applied ‘working with data’ courses, introduce practical techniques for data analysis to identify appropriate analyses for research questions around similarity and difference, and analysis and interpretation of results.
  • Advanced Longitudinal Data Analysis, a five-day intensive specifically designed for professionals using longitudinal data in policy development and decision making, or in research. 
  • Stata, a full course covering introductory concepts through code and graphics.

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Research Higher Degrees

Contact an ISSR research leader with a topic of your choosing, or find inspiration from our list of featured projects.

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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

Paid parental leave evaluation

The evaluation examines the operation of the paid parental leave (PPL) scheme, and its impact on a range of outcomes, including mothers’ and fathers’ leave taking, the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies, mothers labour force participation, and gender equity and work-life balance.... 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.... Read more

    The impact of the place of living on social participation and wellbeing in older age

    This study explores the links between place of living, social participation and wellbeing at older age using data from large-scale panel surveys covering Australia and a range of other countries. Environmental conditions, such as housing and neighbourhood conditions, can impact on societal participation by older people.... Read more