Fair Work Commission staff may conduct or commission research as part of the annual wage review. The research program for the Annual Wage Review 2018–19 was finalised in a Statement on 11 December 2018 following an invitation to interested parties to submit proposals ( FWCFB 3500] at para. 497) and comment on the draft research program.
This page will be updated throughout the review.
In undertaking the research program, a Minimum Wages Research Group is consulted comprising representatives nominated by:
The following items will be published to inform the 2018–19 Review.
This will follow the format of previous Statistical reports, and will be updated throughout the 2018–19 Review as new data are released.
This will follow the format of previous Research reference lists and will include Australian and international literature, such as working papers, journal articles or other types of published reports relevant to the minimum wages and modern awards objectives. The list will initially cover literature published over the year to February 2019 and be updated throughout the 2018–19 Review.
The Commission is engaging with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to explore opportunities to use and link various data sources to undertake research topics relevant to the minimum wages and modern awards objectives. Research proposals and expectant projects will be communicated in due course.
In addition to the below research, a paper summarising all of the research undertaken for the 2018–19 Review will also be published. An outline of these projects is provided below.
Developments in wages growth
This report will analyse several indicators of wages growth to assess the current period of low wages growth. The report will review the recent discussion on wages growth in Australia and contribute to the literature by also examining differences in wages growth between modern award minimum wages, enterprise agreements and individual arrangements.
Insights into underemployment
The ABS now publishes monthly data on underemployment and underutilisation disaggregated by gender and age group. This report will present an analysis of this monthly data to look into trends and assess how changes among these characteristics have contributed to shifts in aggregate underemployment and underutilisation.
Research material from past annual wage reviews is available.
Go to a complete list of previous research.