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The Sydney Policy Lab and Australia New Zealand Third Sector research are inviting practitioners, scholars and policy makers to participate in this exploration of the important policy issue of Women and Insecure Work.

The Policy Options series brings together policy makers, academics & researchers, advocates, practitioners and people with lived expertise to discuss major policy issues impacting Australia, and how we can best respond to them. Key policy issues will be explored through a public event and a Working Paper collection highlighting diverse voices and solutions.  

In the first of the series, the Sydney Policy Lab is working with Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Review (ANZTSR) to explore the crisis of insecure work in Australia, and how it impacts women. Women are more likely to be unemployed, under-employed, low paid, employed casually or in short-term work, or living in poverty.  

The Policy Options series is an initiative of the Sydney Policy Lab’s ‘Strengthening Australian Civil Society’ research initiative, which is supported by the Paul Ramsay Foundation.  


Current confirmed speakers: (Chair) Elizabeth Hill, Gender Equality in Working Life (GEWL) Research Initiative, University of Sydney Event; Fiona Macdonald, Policy Director, Centre for Future Work; Kristin O’Connell, Coordinator, Antipoverty Centre; and Jane Corpuz-Brock, fmr Executive Officer, Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association.

Working Paper 

Policy makers, academics and researchers, advocates, practitioners and people with lived expertise are invited to contribute an essay on the topic of ‘Women and Insecure Work’. The essays can be focused on the nature and experience of insecure work by women in Australia, and initiatives or solutions, including policy solutions, that increase access to financial and employment security for women.  

The collected essays will be published and promoted by the Sydney Policy Lab as part of a Working Paper series. The purpose of the Working Papers is to contribute to the debate and policy reform around this issue. Contributions which are published in another format in another forum are welcome.  

  • Contributions invited: 500 to 2000 words  
  • Deadline: Wednesday, 14 September August 2022   
  • Editorial Review Panel: Sydney Policy Lab and ANZTSR     

Contact & more information: Mark Riboldi via  or 

Mark Riboldi

Mark Riboldi

Mark is a researcher at the Sydney Policy Lab, with a focus on collaborative policy development and the intersections between communities, governments and civil society.