Terms of Reference

On 3 August 2022, the Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee on Work and Care to inquire into and report on:

  1. the extent and nature of the combination of work and care across Australia and the impact of changes in demographic and labour force patterns on work-care arrangements in recent decades;
  2. the impact of combining various types of work and care (including of children, the aged, those with disability) upon the well-being of workers, carers and those they care for;
  3. the adequacy of workplace laws in relation to work and care and proposals for reform;
  4. the adequacy of current work and care supports, systems, legislation and other relevant policies across Australian workplaces and society;
  5. consideration of the impact on work and care of different hours and conditions of work, job security, work flexibility and related workplace arrangements;
  6. the impact and lessons arising from the COVID-19 crisis for Australia’s system of work and care;
  7. consideration of gendered, regional and socio-economic differences in experience and in potential responses including for First Nations working carers, and potential workers;
  8. consideration of differences in experience of disabled people, workers who support them, and those who undertake informal caring roles;
  9. consideration of the policies, practices and support services that have been most effective in supporting the combination of work and care in Australia, and overseas; and
  10. any related matters.

The resolution establishing the Committee is available in the Journals of the Senate No. 6 – 3 August 2022.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senior Clerk's Office
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3555