Michael commenced with the Institute in July 2004 as the Principal Research Fellow for the Family and Society research program. More recently, he was Project Manager for the Institute’s Evaluation of the Family Law Reforms and Executive Manager for Business Capability Services. He is currently responsible for the management of services to support the Institute's research activity, including human, financial and physical resources, information and communications technology, communications services and corporate governance.
Michael completed a PhD in the Department of Employment Relations at Griffith University in 2009, titled Union Influence on the Activism of Workplace Delegates: A Tale of Two Surveys. His work experience includes more than 20 years in the public sector, having held several academic positions in the areas of economics and industrial relations, as well as policy and research positions within Commonwealth, Queensland and Victorian government departments.
His current research interests include the analysis of parental leave policies, the impacts of family-friendly work arrangements, work arrangements of parents with young children, the distribution and impact of low-wage work, and the quality of work. He is a member of the International Network on Leave Policies and Research and is the current Secretary of ACSPRI.