How Casual Are You?

More of us are living & working week-to-week and gig-to-gig. Who benefits?
Presented by The Working Women’s Centre and The Mary Lee Exchange

Wed 31 July, 6pm (bar from 5:30pm)
Level 1, Flinders University Victoria Square
182 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000
Free Event (or $5 Solidarity donation)

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The Victorian Productivity Commission says 13% of people have done ‘gig work’ in the last 12 months.

Australia has the highest rate of casual work in the western world.

More of us are working more than one job: we’re working from home, we’re working at night and we’re working on weekends.

Who benefits?

The Working Women’s Centre and The Mary Lee Exchange are partnering to present How Casual Are You? an exploration of non-standard work in Australia.

We’re bringing together a remarkable panel of workers and employment experts to share their research and experiences.

The panel:


Nguyet Nguyen, Outworker Outreach Officer with the CFMEU. After 20 years as an outworker from home Nguyet is the first outworker to hold an elected union office in Australia.

Sarah Bright, researcher with the Young Workers Centre, a community legal and education centre in Victorian Trades Hall. One of her most recent projects is focused
on food-delivery riders.

Dr Bec Neill, a teacher in the digital technologies curriculum in the School of Education at UniSA and has experienced the creep of casualisation into academia first-hand.

Shaylee Leach, a community and arts worker and someone who has done “a lot of different things for money, majority on a casual basis, contract part time, & one-off gigs.”

They’ll be giving us a lay of the land and asking: Is this what we really want? How did we get here? And what happened to a job for life?

Do you know your rights and entitlements? Does something feel a bit-off at work?

Experts in employment law from the Working Women’s Centre will be available after the panel to answer questions.

Tickets are free but places are limited, book now to avoid disappointment.
This event is for everybody.


About the Speakers

Nguyet Nguyen (Victoria)

Nguyet is an Outworker Outreach Officer for the CFMEU Victoria and the first outworker to hold an elected union office in Australia.

Nguyet worked as a clothing outworker from home for 20 years and spoke at the 2007 Senate Hearing into the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Industry before becoming an outworker outreach officer.

Sarah Bright (Victoria)

Sarah is a researcher with the Young Workers Centre, a community legal and education centre based in Victorian Trades Hall. Her research underpins young workers’ campaigns for safe and secure work. Sarah worked on the Make Wage Theft a Crime campaign to address systemic underpayments in retail and hospitality, and is now working with on-demand food delivery riders in their fight against exploitation and the ‘uberisation’ of work.

Dr Bec Neill (SA)

Bec teaches across the digital technologies curriculum in the School of Education at the University of South Australia and has a professional background and degree in Information Systems. She is a critical systems thinker and maternal feminist, who explores the relations between people and technology using systems-thinking concepts and practices.

Shaylee Leach (SA)

Shay is still figuring it out. She has dabbled working in the intersections of her interests: social justice, community & the arts. Shay has done a lot of different things for money, majority on a casual basis, contract part time, & one-off gigs. This includes as a federal political staffer in the senate over 5 years, a national student union representative, an arts administrator, bartender, festival hospitality, sandwich artist, & freelance arts gigs.

Her longest held role has been working as a community broadcaster at radio Adelaide for over 7 years, an unpaid position.