A study of low paid work and low paid workers in Western Australia

Therese Jefferson, Alison Preston, Sharyn Chapple-Fahlesson, Stephanie Mitchell

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This report documents the findings from interview-based research with low paid workers in Western Australia (WA). The project has also been designed with the goal of facilitating the development of a national report that summarises findings from similar projects (using similar methodology) in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory (Elton, et al. 2007). Specifically, the study aims to assess the impacts of changes to work regulation on women employed in sectors that have traditionally relied on awards for defining their conditions of employment.The study aims to communicate the experience of change in a number of real life situations. In presenting the findings this report is organised as follows. Section two provides an overview of recent regulatory changes impacting on the WA labour market. Section three describes recent employment and wage trends as a way of providing some context to the study. Section four presents the findings from in-depth interviews with 22 women selected primarily from the following low paid sectors: child-care, aged-care, cleaning, hospitality and retail. Section five offers a summary and discussion and some policy recommendations. The research design and methodology is detailed in appendix documents.

Keywords: Low income group; Qualitative research; Quantitative research; Government role; Government policy; Federal government; Womens rights; Economic implication; Interview

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania; Western Australia

Published: Perth, Western Australia: WiSER, 2007

Physical description: vii, 70 p.

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Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyWomen in Social and Economic Research
Number of pages78
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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