Did workchoices deliver? Evidence from survey data

Saville, Kerrie, Hearn-Mackinnon, Bruce and Vieceli, Julian 2009, Did workchoices deliver? Evidence from survey data, Labour and industry, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 207-226.

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Title Did workchoices deliver? Evidence from survey data
Author(s) Saville, Kerrie
Hearn-Mackinnon, Bruce
Vieceli, Julian
Journal name Labour and industry
Volume number 20
Issue number 2
Start page 207
End page 226
Total pages 20
Publisher Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Place of publication Melbourne, Victoria
Publication date 2009-12
ISSN 1030-1763
Summary The introduction of the Workplace Relations (WorkChoices) Amendment Act 2005 (Cwlth) proved to be one of the most contentious changes to federal labour law in Australia's history. There is considerable debate as to whether it fulfilled the government's expectations of giving 'flexibility' and 'choice' to both employees and employers or whether it resulted in an overall deterioration in working conditions. In order to assess the impact of WorkChoices on Australian businesses and their employees, this study reports data from a survey of 5,600 human resource professionals throughout Australia. Despite the limitations of the survey, the survey evidence reveals that most human resource professionals did not report any significant changes in productivity, job creation or work family balance as a consequence of the new workplace laws. Moreover, only a minority expected an improvement over the next 3 years.
Language eng
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30023936

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