Parents working out work: An examination of families’ interactions with paid employment in Australia today

Parents working out work: An examination of families’ interactions with paid employment in Australia today

In this presentation, Dr Baxter drew upon recent AIFS research, to provide insights on maternal and paternal employment in Australia.

Woman, child and computer

This event was held on Wednesday 27 November 2013.

In many Australian families, fitting employment around the care of children is a challenge for parents, with employment recognised as important for the wellbeing of family members, and yet often difficult to reconcile with a preference and need for parents to spend time with children.

In this presentation, Dr Baxter drew upon recent AIFS research, using various information sources, to provide insights on maternal and paternal employment in Australia, including recent trends in mothers' and fathers' employment patterns. Family level data are also used to explore whether we are seeing increases in dual-worker families, female breadwinner families or stay-at-home father families. The ways in which families manage their work and care responsibilities is explored, through presentation of information about families' use of child-care, paid parental and other leave, and other working arrangements.

About the presenters

Dr Jennifer Baxter is currently managing the evaluation of the Australian Government’s Child Care Package.