Monthly Archives: December 2012

Fifth International Community, Work and Family Conference

The Fifth International Community, Work and Family Conference will take place on 17-19 July 2013 at The University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia.

The conference focuses on how the rapid changes and transitions in society present challenges and opportunities for families, communities and organisations, with a special focus on work, families and communities in a globalising world.

The past decade has seen significant changes in social policy in Australia and the surrounding region, including universal paid maternity leave in Australia and New Zealand; new rights to request flexibility; and changes in industrial law. Changing patterns of immigration, care and work in the Asian region are also of international interest. The conference will bring together social scientists and practitioners from a wide range of countries and disciplines, including emerging industrial nations of the Asia-Pacific region.

More information

Wednesday 1 August 2012  Online call for abstract submission open
Monday 28 February 2013  Deadline extended: Online call for abstract submission close
Friday 8 March 2013  Abstract acceptances to be notified
Friday 5 July 2013  Final paper to be submitted should you wish to make it available on the website

Inquiry into tackling job insecurity

On 29 November 2013 the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment was referred the Fair Work Amendment (Tackling Job Insecurity) Bill 2012.

The Committee has called for submissions by 1 February 2013.

For information on the inquiries: contact the Secretariat on (02) 6277 4573 or visit the Committee’s website



economic Security4women
ACTU Independent Inquiry into Insecure Work
International Labour Organisation

Brotherhood of St Laurence

Work+ Family Policy Roundtable

The Conversation

Conference papers
Social risks of precarious work for women
Gender and the contours of precarious employment
Beyond employment

Decent work and economic security for women: Gender, pay and workforce equity

12.30pm – 4pm Friday 7th December at Public Schools Club, 207 East Terrace, Adelaide

12pm for light lunch

Hosted by economic Security4Women in collaboration with BPWA South Australia and Working Women’s Centre SA Inc

Register by: Tuesday 4th December

eS4W Registration Page

The forum aims to highlight women’s employment insecurity in relation to equality of opportunity in the workforce, present and future economic security, and the gendered nature of unpaid and paid work.

It will bring together a range of stakeholders to develop strategies that focus on decent jobs and economic security for women in Australia.

Key questions for the forum

  • What does ‘equal opportunity’ mean in relation to trends towards job insecurity in the contemporary Australian labour market?
  • How can the current equal opportunity/gender equity legislation be more relevant to women in insecure work?
  • How can the union movement better include women and better represent them in the ACTU Insecure Work campaign?
  • How can current legislation and frameworks for women’s advancement in the workforce be improved?
  • What is the role of broader public policy such as in education, training, taxation arrangements and social security in improving women’s position?
  • What and where are the avenues for ongoing advocacy for women in insecure work?

Who should attend?

  • Women’s organisations
  • Unionists
  • Employers and representatives of the business sector
  • Policy advisors, analysts and developers
  • Researchers
  • Community organization members and representatives
  • Academics

Background Paper

About economic Security4Women economic Security4Women is one of the six National Women’s Alliances. As an alliance we take the lead in ensuring that the voices of as many women as possible are heard, especially those who in the past have found it difficult to engage in advocacy and decision making.