Roundtable on sustainable and inclusive work for vulnerable workers

Presented by the ECP Fairer Start Initiative Inclusive and Sustainable Working Group

Insecure work has been a driver of COVID-19 transmission, revealing the prevalence of vulnerable workers and its society-wide flow-on effects. Yet there have been recent initiatives to address insecure work including the Victorian Labour Hire and Wage Theft Acts, the 2017 Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017, and Job Keeper and Seeker programs. Have these legal changes been making a difference to workers? If they have not been reaching workers, then what are the blockers and barriers and how can they be overcome to foster more sustainable and inclusive work?

Roundtable aims:

  • To explore changes in the conditions of vulnerable workers over the period of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shut down, focussed on Victorian Workers.
  • To identify gaps in services, advice, programs to improve worker conditions. Who is not being reached? Are the services adequate?
  • To identify programs that are working and can be supported and scaled up.


  • Shelley Mallet - Brotherhood of St¬†Laurence
  • Jenni Smith - Northern Community Legal Service
  • Miriam Thompson - Cleaning Accountability Framework

This event is supported by the ECP Restart Initiative.

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