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Australian public policyProgressive ideas in the neo-liberal ascendency$
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Chris Miller and Lionel Orchard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447312673

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447312673.001.0001

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Putting together work and care in Australia: time for a new settlement?

Putting together work and care in Australia: time for a new settlement?

(p.63) Four Putting together work and care in Australia: time for a new settlement?
Australian public policy

Barbara Pocock

Janine Chapman

Natalie Skinner

Policy Press

This chapter reviews and critiques the major public policy challenges remain in the domain of work and family policy as we respond to changing workforce and population demographics. Using the framework of work/care regimes, this chapter applies a gender lens to examine employment participation, work-life interaction, work hours and parental leave in contemporary Australian policy, practice and experience. Priorities for systemic and structural reform are identified, with a focus on strategies to enable gender equity in workforce participation, whilst supporting social and family relations so that work and care can easily be combined.

Keywords:   work, care, gender, work-life interaction, parental leave, employment participation, policy reform

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