The Australia Institute (TAI), an independent public policy think tank, has published a report entitled Walking the tightrope which considers the question: Have Australians achieved work/life balance?  TAI’s research reveals the answer to this question is a definitive ‘no’.  Australian employees work approximately 58.8 million hours of unpaid overtime per year, equating to almost $110 billion dollars donated to employers.  The report considers that if unpaid overtime hours were paid and reallocated to unemployed Australians, the country’s unemployment rate could be zero.

Work/life balance has been on TAI’s agenda for some time.  In 2009, TAI launched National Go Home on Time Day in an effort to start a national conversation about the importance of work/life balance for individuals’ physical and mental health; relationships and communities.

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