South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


13. Work-life balance:

Improve the quality of life of all South Australians through maintenance of a healthy work-life balance

Key Measure

Note: A lower score on the AWALI scale indicates better work-life balance.

Explanatory Comments

The Australian Work and Life Index (AWALI) assesses perceptions of work-life interference. The minimum score on the index is 0 (indicating the lowest work-life interference) and the maximum score is 100 (indicating the highest work-life interference).

In 2014, the South Australian AWALI score for all employed people was 44.0, which is broadly in line with the 2007 score of 42.3 (baseline year).  The 2014 score is, however, a deterioration from the 2008 score of 39.3. The average national score, in 2014, was 42.1.

SafeWork SA recognises that achieving positive work-life balance has benefits for workers and employers as well as communities.  SafeWork SA is actively working to improve work-life balance outcomes for South Australians by:

  • engaging with the Equal Opportunity Commission to increase the use of flexible working arrangements in the public sector;
  • the development of a five step guide for implementing flexible work arrangements at workplaces, Flexible Work Arrangements – Five steps to implementation;
  • the development of software to assist managers manage their teams’ flexible work arrangements;
  • hosting an information session – Surviving or thriving: developing policies and practices to optimise work-life interaction and wellbeing during Safe Work Week 2014;
  • contributing to Improving with Age – Our Ageing Plan for South Australia; and
  • working closely with high risk industry sectors to develop education and support programmes to prevent specific injuries.

Lead Agency

Attorney-General's Department, Safework SA

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