Thursday, 14 July 2011

Our Work Our Lives Conference - Abstracts

Women in precarious or vulnerable work
Karen Douglas, Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia
Dealing with bosses and understanding the rights women workers (should) have
Nadine Levy and Anne Purdy, South Australia Young Workers Legal Service
Young women, small business and sexual harassment in an OHS&W context
Women’s access to their rights and entitlements
Max Adlum, Australian Services Union, South Australia
Campaign for pay equity for care workers

Lynda-ann Blanchard, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), University of Sydney
Masculinisation of Violence and Feminisation of Peace
Danae Bosler, Community and Public Sector Union and Kali Yuan, Human Rights Policy Branch, Attorney-General’s Department
Looking Ahead: Young Working Women Accessing Rights and Entitlements in the Australian Public Service
Rosaria Burchielli, LaTrobe University and Dr Annie Delany, Victoria University and Jane Tate, HomeWorkers, WorldWide UK
Protecting Australian Garment Homework – Combining legislation and an Industry Code
Monica Costa, University of South Australia / Australian National University

Progress thus far: A look into research on gender-responsive budgeting work in Timor-Leste
Janet Giles, Secretary South Australian Unions
“If you could only bottle it” - 5 stories of women’s activism
Paula McDonald, Queensland University of Technology and Michael Flood Wollongong University
Bystander approaches to workplace sexual harassment
Carey Trundle, Fair Work Ombudsman
Regulatory challenges in the enforcement of Australia’s first Paid Parental Leave Scheme
Tanjil Whitnell (Presenter), Susan Bandias, Charles Darwin University and Darius Pfitzner, Charles Darwin University
Smoke and Mirrors: The Illusion of Legal Recognition of the Value of Women in the Workplace

Sohini Baus, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Changing the structure of ‘exclusions and inclusion’ of women workers
Justine Davis, Consultant Mediator
There must be a better way - skills for women workers and advocates in mediation and dispute management: An interactive and participatory workshop for anyone who deals with conflict!

Anna Davis and Rachael Uebergang, Northern Territory Working Womens Centre
Feminist Service Provision and Governance: The Perspective of Australian Working Women’s Centres
Progress towards decent work in the Asia Pacific
Sara Charlesworth, University of South Australia
Gender Equality and Decent Work: Does National Context Matter?
Ludo McFerran, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse
The Challenges of Promoting Domestic Violence Clauses in Industrial Instruments & engaging the Australian Domestic Violence sector with the Pacific region
Suzanne Franzway, University of South Australia
Women and decent work in the Asia Pacific: Agency and empowerment
Jeanie Rea, National Tertiary Education Union
Women Workers in education: How Education Unions in the Region are organising women workers and students
Marilyn Davis, Queensland Working Womens Service
Building sustainable communities through women's workforce participation
Sandra Dann, South Australia Working Women’s Centre
Life Quilt SA Project: Engaging Women in Workplace Issues through participation in arts and crafts
Janette Galton, Northern Territory Office of Women's Policy
Integrating gender equality measures into the Northern Territory Government’s plan for improving the lives of remote Territorians
Rosemary Nugent, Geelong West Neighbourhood House and Rebecca ‘Bec’ Sahr, Deakin University
Community Capacity Building: A fertile ground for change and development

Janine Sims, Northern Territory Council of Social Services and Wendy Morton, Northern Territory Council of Social Services
The Workforce Project Workforce Tool Kit/Indigenous Handbook

Monday, 11 July 2011

Our Work Our Lives 2011

4th Conference on Women and Industrial Relations (now international)
1st and 2nd September 2011

The 4th Our Work Our Lives conference on women and industrial relations will be held on September 1 and 2 2011 at the Arbiru Beach Resort, Bebonuk, Dili, Timor-Leste. 

The conference is an opportunity for international and Timorese organisations and individuals to share their experience of gender and work will include academics, policy makers, practitioners, and unions.

The program is designed to bring together national and international expertise and experience and will include:

Speaking Book - the oral histories of women working in Timor-Leste
‘Agora’ panel discussion - of the Australian and Timorese experience of building sustainable communities through women's workforce participation
Official launch of Working Women’s Centre Timor-LesteThe conference themes will focus on:

Women in precarious or vulnerable work
Women’s access to their rights and entitlements 
Progress towards decent work in the Asia Pacific
Building sustainable communities through women's workforce participation

We are proud to announce that confirmed speakers include:

Ged Kearney, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions who will speak on The importance of women's community sector organisations and their connections to the trade union movementSenator Jacinta Collins: Australian Federal Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations who will speak onWomen’s access to their rights and entitlements: the equal pay case for social and community sector workersThe inaugural Our Work Our Lives conference was held in 2006 in Queensland, Australia, organised by the Queensland Working Women’s Centre and Griffith University, the second was in 2007 in Adelaide, organised by the South Australia Working Women’s Centre and the last conference was organised by the Northern Territory Working Women’s Centre, with the academic support of the University of Western Australia.

The 4th Our Work Our Lives conference is proudly presented by Working Women's Centre Timor-Leste with the support of the Australian National Network of Working Women's Centers, the University of South Australia and the Queensland University of Technology.

Friday, 8 July 2011

"Our Work, Our Lives" Conference - Call For Papers Closed

The call for papers has closed. If you would like further information concerning the call for papers only please contact:

Sara Charlesworth
Associate Professor/Principal Research Fellow
Centre for Work + Life
Hawke Research Institute (Magill Campus)
University of South Australia,

Paula McDonald
Associate Professor/Principal Research Fellow|
School of Management
QUT Business School
Queensland University of Technology

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Working Women's Centre Timor-Leste

An exciting new initiative is taking hold in Timor, with the launch of the country’s first ever Working Women’s Centre planned for September 1st, 2011.

Working Women's Centre Timor-Leste will further the momentum for women's rights in Timor.

Thanks to ideas blossoming out of an APHEDA study tour, WWCs in SA, NT & QLD, with counterparts from the union movement in Timor-Leste, have ensured the idea of a WWC-TL is now supported by a range of progressive organisations and government ministers in both countries.

To celebrate, WWC Australia's annual conference, Our Work Our Lives, will be held in Dili to coincide with the launch of its Timorese sister organisation. WWC-TL will be lead by local women keen to see the organisation play a central role in Timorese civil society, providing information, support, advice and advocacy services to women on work-related issues.

Your Help

If you, your union or organisation is interested in contributing to the establishment and sustainability of the Working Women's Centre Timor-Leste, please get in touch with APHEDA's project officer for Timor, Tanya Karliychuk, on 1800 888 674 or

Our Work Our Lives: Women and Industrial Relations Conference

September 1 & 2, 2011
The 4th Our Work Our Lives will also be the official launch of the Working Women's Centre Timor-Leste organisation.
Save the date and watch this space for more details and a call for papers.