Work and Family Policy

The Work and Family Roundtable is made up of researchers with expertise on work and family policy. Its goal is to propose, comment upon, collect and disseminate research to inform good evidence-based public policy in Australia. 

The Roundtable is a network of 30 academics from 18 universities and research institutions with expertise on work, care and family policy. Further information about the Roundtable is available on the website at

The Roundtable held its first meeting in 2004 and since then has actively participated in public debate about work, care and family policy in Australia providing research-based submissions to relevant public inquiries, disseminating current research through publications for public commentary and through the media. These Benchmarks were developed by the Roundtable at a two-day research workshop supported by the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) in November 2012. In the context of the 2013 election, the Roundtable has identified eight policy areas that are of particular importance. These policy areas reflect the key contemporary issues facing Australians as they attempt to combine work, care and family. 

  • Accessible, affordable, flexible, quality childcare
  • Paid parental leave
  • Job security, flexibility and working time
  • Pay equity
  • Workforce participation and the tax transfer system
  • Superannuation and retirement savings
  • Work and care for an aging Australia
  • Institutional support and leadership for work and care

The Work and Family Policy Roundtable has released their 2013 Election Benchmarks report. It is available at:

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