Projects

Equal remuneration

A skills-assessment toolkit developed in the IRRC at UNSW has helped secure pay rises of up to 45% for 150,000 workers in the community sector, the bulk of them low-paid women.

Recognising the skills in jobs traditionally considered unskilled

IRRC associates participated in an ARC Linkage Project led by Chief Investigators from Federation University. This project, completed in 2015, epxlored whether there are under-codified skills in a range of hospitality, property services, retail and manufacturing jobs. The Spotlight toolkit was used as part of this project.

Death at Work - improving support for families

IRRC Director Michael Quinlan worked with researchers at the University of Sydney to complete a Discovery Project on Death at Work — ways of supporting families.

Regulation, change and the work environment

IRRC Director Michael Quinlan and IRRC Associate Dr Elsa Underhill from Deakin worked with a University of Ottawa grant for a three-country study of the regulatory effectiveness of workers compensation and workplace health and safety legislation.

Building Professional Skills

Designed to enhance careers through a framework to identify under-recognised skills, this was a joint project with the School of Management, for the division of Finance & Operations, UNSW.

Future of aircraft maintenance in Australia

This ARC Linkage Project, 2011-2014, located in the School of Management, UNSW, with participation by IRRC researchers investigated the costs and benefits of retaining an Australian workforce skilled in aircraft maintenance and maintenance training.

Hidden skills recognition and job analysis — large NGO

The IRRC worked with the School of Business Canberra to use the Spotlight methodology in helping the organisation restructure job classifications and position descriptions.

Investigating the professional skills of early childhood workers

The IRRC worked with the School of Business Canberra and Macquarie University to use the Spotlight methodology in exploring the professional skills of early childhood workers, particularly those involved in reflective practice.

Manufacturing and engineering skill requirements in Western Sydney

The IRRC worked with Regional Development Australia (Sydney) and the South-Western Sydney Manufacturing and Engineering Skills Taskforce to investigate the workforce development needs of small and medium enterprises in the region.