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Seminar | Regulating work and labour hire in the gig economy

Join us at Professor Andrew Stewart’s seminar on Wednesday 23 May, 2018 (12.00pm – 1.30pm) “Regulating work and labour hire in the gig economy”. OVERVIEW Andrew Stewart will look at what previous case law both in Australia and overseas can tell us about the legal status of workers in the burgeoning “gig economy” – and…

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Seminar | "Engagement" in higher education: How does it affect the missions of education and research?

Join us at Professor Mats Benner’s (Lund University, Sweden) seminar on Thursday 21st June, 2018 (12.00pm – 1.30pm) “Engagement” in higher education: How does it affect the missions of education and research? OVERVIEW Universities today are expected to contribute to a wide variety of goals: not only providing excellent education and research (goals that in…

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Submission to the Select Committee on the Future of Work and Workers

This submission to the Select Committee on the Future of Work and Workers was compiled by members of the Work/Industry Futures Research Program. Read the submission here.

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Low-paid ‘women’s work’: why early childhood educators are walking out

Paula McDonald co-authored an article published in The Conversation on 23 March, 2018, ‘Low-paid ‘women’s work’: Why early childhood educators are walking out’. Click here to read the article.  

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Read our 2017 Annual Report

This 2017 annual activity report outlines the research, engagement activities and outcomes of the Work/Industry Futures Research Program in 2017.

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Should private lives be subject to public scrutiny?

Paula McDonald was a guest on Radio National ‘The Minefield’ presented by Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens, discussing the Joyce affair and the lack of basic agreement on fundamental questions: Should the ‘private lives’ of public figures be the objects of scrutiny? Is there a difference between the virtues demanded of those who hold public office and the character…

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Banning workplace romances won't solve the problem of sexual misconduct in the office

Paula McDonald’s article published in The Conversation on 16 February, 2018 discusses Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement that sexual relations between ministers and their staff will be prohibited under a change to the ministerial code of conduct. Click here to read the article.

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Snappers wary of digital platforms

Platform work in the photographic industry: A snapshot of the gig economy, was a paper presented to the 2018 AIRAANZ conference by QUT’s Paula McDonald, Penny Williams and Robyn Mayes, Adelaide, February 7, 2018.  Click here to read Workplace Express’ article on the presentation.  

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Radio National, background briefing on sexual harassment in policing

Paula McDonald was a guest on Radio National 11 February, 2018 ‘Copping it: The cost of complaining when you’re in the police’. Each year, NSW Police officers lodge around 200 harassment complaints against their own colleagues. About a quarter of those are for sex-based harassment. But for many victims, speaking out can be just as…

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Working the platform: How photographers engage with digital platforms to generate income

Click here to read more about Paula McDonald, Penny Williams and Robyn Mayes’ research on digital platform work.