Enhancing Mothers' Engagement with the Workforce in the Preschool Years

Status: 2013-2017

Staff: Associate Professor Belinda Hewitt

Enhancing Mothers' Engagement with the Workforce in the Preschool Years. In collaboration with Professor Bill Martin (University of Queensland), Professor Gillian Whitehouse (University of Queensland),  Professor Lyndal Strazdins (Australian National University), Professor Marian Baird (The University of Sydney), Professor Janeen Baxter (University of Queensland), Dr Mara Yerkes (Utrecht University, The Netherlands), Jane Dickenson (Department of Social Services), Dr Sarah Hinde (Australian Bureau of Statistics). Australian Research Council Linkage Project (2013-2017).

Engaging mothers in the workforce is essential to national prosperity and family well-being. Increasing the participation of mothers is at the forefront of the national policy agenda. The crucial questions are how to better support mothers’ workforce engagement before children begin school. Little is known about the ways that leave arrangements, childcare, flexibility, job characteristics and individual circumstances combine and interact to influence mothers’ workforce engagement. Or how these factors vary in their impact on population sub-groups such as lone parent and low income households. This project will develop a unique longitudinal data source that provides insight to these important and complex issues and how they change over time.

ARC funding $438,832 awarded.