The Government is committed to research in the area of Work Life Balance.



SafeWork SA was an industry partner with the Centre for Work + Life at the University of South Australia in a three-year Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project to establish a measurement tool for work life balance - the Australian Work and Life Index (AWALI).

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

In partnership with SafeWork SA and the Western Australian Department of Health, the Centre has completed a range of reports, starting from 2008, and repeated annually until 2010, comparing baseline data and key work life balance research questions.

2010 AWALI 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.

AWALI will be conducted on a bi-annual basis in 2012 and 2014 as part of an ARC Linkage grant - a study of flexibilities that enable workforce participation and skill development and use, and their implications for work-life outcomes in Australia. Grant partners are SafeWork SA and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

2012 AWALI Report - The Big Squeeze: Work, home and care in 2012
2012 South Australian Report - Work-Life balance in South Australia 2012


FLAWS in our lives: The Fatigue, Work and Life Strain in South Australia

Working arrangements are both an industrial relations and a workplace health and safety issue.

As part of 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 work-life interference, sleep issues and fatigue. This SafeWork SA funded research project was a collaboration between the Centre for Work + Life and the Centre for Sleep Research at the University of South Australia.

FLAWS in our lives (PDF 899kb) provides a short summary of the key findings of this important South Australian research project.



898 kb PDF. (Link will open in a new window)FLAWS in our lives
26 July 2012 (898 kb)

Commissioned Research

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 research was jointly funded by SafeWork SA and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch)  for the 2013 Quality Part-Time Work Project.

The report explores existing work patterns, opportunities and barriers to the implementation of quality part-time work in the acute hospital care sector.

As part of the 2011 Quality Part-Time Work Project, the Quality at Work: The quality part-time work imperative report (PDF 868kb) was commissioned by SafeWork SA. 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.



2116 kb PDF. (Link will open in a new window)Investigating Flexible Work Arrangements
for Nurses and Midwives in the Acute Hospital Sector Report (2116 kb)

868 kb PDF. (Link will open in a new window)Quality at Work report
26 July 2012 (868 kb)
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