Monthly Archives: February 2013

Elizabeth Broderick calls for inquiry into childcare

Patricia Karvelas reports in the Australian (26/2/13) that:

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick has called for a broad Productivity Commission inquiry into childcare and the care sector generally, to investigate a range of bold options to overhaul the system.

Ms Broderick argues that changes delivered in federal budgets do not provide lasting and desperately needed change and, while attention is focused on the care needed for preschool children, the care needed in later years is being ignored.

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Let’s drop the prejudice against part time workers

Let’s drop the prejudice against part-time workers – article by Sarah Macdonald

As part-time work becomes increasingly common employers need to ensure they provide quality jobs with security, capacity for advancement and decent wages and conditions.  Employees need to know they are entitled to ask for such jobs.  And we all need to not just accept part-time workers but to show them some respect.

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ELSIE: new network for gender related research

ELSIE aims to raise the profile of gender issues in social research, make these explicit and provide a forum for the discussion of ideas, the development new research and the facilitation of collaboration. ELSIE provides an opportunity for researchers to discuss research interests and recent developments, as well as share information about potential funding opportunities.

ELSIE grew out of a recognition that while much social research is not explicitly about gender, it is often underpinned issues such as the feminisation of poverty, the different effects of economic and social policies on men and women, structural factors leading to different life outcomes and (in)equality.

In September 2012 ELSIE was successful in winning an internal grant from the SISR, which will be used to conduct a review of methodological approaches and literature of longitudinal studies investigating the issues affecting gender equity, particularly women’s economic wellbeing and life outcomes in contemporary Australia. The review will form the basis for a proposed panel study on women’s life outcomes and further research.

Underemployment, women and part-time work

Recently released data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest that:

In September 2012, there were 3.4 million part-time workers, of which 71% (2.4 million) were women.
Nearly a quarter (24%) of all part-time workers stated they would prefer to work more hours. This was the same as the proportion of part-time workers (24%) who said they would prefer to work more hours in September 2011.
Of the 824,100 part-time workers who would prefer more hours (see Tables 1, 2 and 3):

  • 36% were men and 64% were women;
  • just over half (55%) would prefer to work full-time;
  • 89% (730,900) were available for work with more hours, of whom 47% were looking for more work hours; and
  • 93,100 (11%) were not available for work with more hours, of whom 16% were looking for work with more hours.