The project aims to undertake a national qualitative assessment of the effects of changes in work regulation brought about by the WorkChoices Act, 2006 (Cth) on specific groups of vulnerable workers.
State Governments of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia; the National Foundation for Australian Women, Women’s Electoral Lobby, the Don Chipp Foundation, the Young Women’s Christian Association, Women with Disabilities, Australian and Victorian Women Lawyers
The assessment on specific groups of vulnerable workers includes the low paid, women, young people, workers with disabilities and workers of non-English speaking background. The 135 planned interviews (30 in Victoria) will be placed in the context of a quantitative ‘stocktake’ study of current data collections that has just been completed by Curtin University of Technology. This combined assessment aims to inform public debate on the effects of ‘WorkChoices’ and to assist State Governments to understand the implications for state service provision to vulnerable groups of workers, as well as respond in policy terms.
Key RMIT researchers: Sara Charlesworth, Fiona MacDonald