The Big Squeeze: work, home and care in 2012 - Australian Work and Life Index 2012 (AWALI)

Natalie Skinner, Claire Hutchinson, Barbara Pocock

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In recent years a number of major events have influenced Australians’ work, personal, family and community lives. The global financial crisis commenced in 2007/8 and international financial markets have experienced continuing instability. The Fair Work Act 2009introduced a number of changes to the regulation of work. These included a new net of National Employment Standards that incorporated a formal right for some workers to request flexibility or extended unpaid parental leave from 1 January 2010. A national system of paid parental leave came into effect in January 2011. At the same time, the Australian labour force has continued to evolve, with increasing participation of women, declining rates of participation amongst men, an aging workforce and a continuing shift in the composition of employment away from manufacturing and agriculture towards the services sector. Amidst these changes, widespread work-life interference has remained persistent since 2007 and particular groups are consistently more affected.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherUniversity of South Australia
Number of pages90
ISBN (Print)9780980839081
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • workforce
  • Australia
  • personal life
  • community life


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