Who cares? A fair share of work and care.

Challenges of work, family and care for Australia’s retail, online retail, warehousing and fast food workers.

The SDA in partnership with the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of NSW commissioned a first ever study into the challenges of work, family, and care in the retail industry. Almost six and half thousand workers responded to the survey.

The study provides an insight into the daily lives of retail workers which shows they are swamped, grappling with irregular work, concerned their hours are negatively affecting their children’s’ lives, punished for having care responsibilities, and relying on parents or neighbours to look after their kids because of sudden shift changes.

What do the Sustainable Development Goals of Decent Work and Gender Equality really mean for retail workers and other feminised sector workers? What does decent work mean and how do we measure it?  What are the ESG risks for organisations and investors who fail to properly assess labour risks?

Moderated by: Michelle Ingram, Chair, WIS QLD







Julia Fox has served as the National Assistant Secretary of the SDA since 2016 and is involved across the union movement both in Australia and internationally.

The SDA is one of Australia's largest trade unions and represents employees working in retail, fast food and warehousing. 

Julia has worked to improve the working conditions and pay of SDA members around the country over the last two decades with the union as an Organiser, National Industrial Officer and National Health and Safety Officer. 

Julia has extensive experience in advancing the rights of women at work and creating awareness about the workplace issues they face on gender equality, sexual harassment, caring responsibilities, and superannuation. 

She has a Bachelor of Arts (Business Law and Philosophy) (1996) and a Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) (2010) and is currently a Trustee Director on the board of REST (Retail Employees Syperannuation Trust). Julia grew up in and lives in Victoria with her family. 


Wednesday 13 October 2021


2.00pm - 3.30pm


Online via Zoom
Attendees will receive Zoom details 3 days prior to the event


Panel discussion with Q&A

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