One in three Australian workers now regularly works from home

An analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics data reveals the number of employed people who work from home has dramatically risen from 20 per cent of the entire labour force to 30 per cent in 15 years.

Now, nearly half of the 3.5 million people who often work from home in their primary employment say they do so to “catch up” on their heavy workloads.

The findings add to concerns that the work-life balance of many Australians is getting out of hand.

But the results are not all bad news. About 1.3 million people say they choose to work from home to have a rent-free home office, to take advantage of flexible workplace arrangements, for childcare reasons, and to spend more time with family.
— Nick Toscano - SMH
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A national study has found that a significant number of full and part-time employees are putting in a considerable amount of unpaid overtime per week once at home, tipping the scales of what is deemed to be 'work-life balance'. 

Take away commute times, and some employees are finding they have an additional 2 hours per day to get work done, allowing them more valuable time at home with their families. 

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Claire Shumack