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Research and case studies

Since 2008, SafeWork SA has partnered with the Centre for Work + Life at the University of South Australia on an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project to establish a work life balance measurement index - the Australian Work and Life Index (AWALI).

AWALI is based on a national survey of work-life outcomes amongst working Australians, which serves as a benchmark to compare and contrast work-life outcomes across various groups by geographic location, employment characteristics and social demographics.

2010 AWALI national report
How much should we work? Working hours, holidays, and working life: the participation challenge

2010 South Australian report
Juggling work-life balance in South Australia

2012 AWALI national report
The Big Squeeze: Work, home and care in 2012

2012 South Australian report
Work-Life Balance in South Australia 2012

AWALI will be conducted again in 2014 as part of an ARC Linkage grant.

FLAWS in our lives
Working arrangements are both an industrial relations and a work health and safety issue.

For the 2010 AWALI survey, a representative sample of 854 South Australian workers was surveyed on work factors that impact on wellbeing at work as indicated by sleep issues, fatigue and work-life interference. FLAWS in our lives: Fatigue Life and Work Strain (PDF 899kb) provides a short summary of the key findings of this SafeWork SA funded research project.

The project was a collaboration between the Centre for Work + Life and the Centre for Sleep Research at the University of SA.

Flexible work arrangements - acute hospital sector
The Investigating Flexible Work Arrangements for Nurses and Midwives in the Acute Hospital Sector Report (PDF 2116kb) was commissioned from the Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre and released in November 2013. The report explores existing work patterns, opportunities and barriers to the implementation of quality part-time work in the acute hospital care sector.

The research was jointly funded by SafeWork SA and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch).

Quality part-time work
In 2011 the Quality at Work: The quality part-time work imperative report (PDF 868 kb) prepared for SafeWork SA by the Australian Institute for Social Research at the University of Adelaide was released. The report defines quality work; the advantages of employers offering quality part-time work and the indicators that determine what quality part-time work is.

National Study of Employers 2014 (USA)
The 2014 National Study of Employers, produced by the Families and Work Institute (USA), is a comprehensive study of employer programs, policies and practices for supporting workers' work and personal lives providing the latest trend data on workplace flexibility and benefits provided by employers in that country.

Their 2009 Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work report is also available.

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