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Australia at Work

Australia at Work is a longitudinal study of Australian’s working lives. The study aims to analyse the effects of recent changes in the industrial relations law on working Australians. In particular, Australia at Work documents how, if at all, working lives change following the introduction of new industrial relations changes. Further, the study examines how new forms of labour contracts both drive and reflect these legislative changes, and lastly, Australia at Work aims to provide authorative analysis to inform public debate on working life reform. Australia at Work is administered by the Workplace Research Centre, at the Business School, The University of Sydney and is jointly funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Unions NSW. Currently, Wave 1 of Australia at Work is archived in the ADA.


The study includes 8,341 Australians who are active in the workforce. Telephone interviews were conducted annually with the participants from 2007-2011. The survey data includes items on: current employment situation, occupation and industry, forms of employment, the labour contract, employment income, working conditions, attitudes towards work and demographic characteristics of participants.


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Australia at Work Data Holdings

The following waves of data are now available for the Australia at Work study.


Wave Year ADA ID
1 2006 01136 



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