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Work studies / Year 10 / Career and life design / The nature of work

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Analyse emerging approaches to work and the implications these have for workers to be flexible, proactive and responsive (ACWSCL034)

  • investigating trends in ways of working
  • examining the implications of changes in work for future work opportunities and ways of working
  • exploring factors impacting on work challenges and opportunities, including globalisation, the increasing economic influence of the Asia region, the need for more sustainable patterns of living, technological advances and knowledge-intensive service industries
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The modern office workplace, 1960s style

How different was the Australia workplace half a century ago? This Weekend Magazine program from the mid-1960s looks at work in what was then the new Commonwealth Centre in Sydney, where 2,000 Commonwealth public servants were employed. It provides a glimpse of a world that has changed beyond recognition. As you watch the ...


Opencourses Hub

The hub provides access to a wide range of resources developed to support remote Indigenous students. The resources employ multimodal learning frameworks to improve student engagement and overcome literacy barriers in order to provide a positive learning experience for Year 8 – 12 students while building students' self-confidence ...


Weaving shuttle with rollers

This is a wooden 'boat' shuttle used for weaving. It has a simple wooden roller at each end of the shuttle that enables it to pass more smoothly through the 'shed', the space between the warp threads. The dimensions of the shuttle are: length 4.0 cm, width 2.5 cm, height 30.5 cm.


Typed poem by Nathaniel McKay, 'Union in "[hell]"', c1911

This is a satirical poem by Nathaniel Breakey McKay, older brother of industrialist Hugh Victor McKay, responding to the purchase by the Union of Chicago of a cemetery in which only members of the Union could be buried. The poem describes a staunch union member refusing to stay in heaven because it also includes non-unionists. ...


Female factory employee removing biscuits from a conveyor belt, 1960-70

This is a black-and-white image from the original negative depicting a female factory worker removing a biscuit from a conveyor belt in a biscuit factory. Other workers are operating equipment on conveyors nearby. The negative is 103 mm wide x 100 mm high.


Banner - Operative Painters' and Decorators' Union of Australasia, Victorian Branch, 1915

This is a large double-sided trade union banner made by W G Dunstan for the Operative Painters' and Decorators' Union of Australasia, Victorian Branch. It consists of a single piece of unprimed canvas, with images painted in oils on both sides. The banner has a red fringe on the bottom and hangs from a metal rod attached ...


Banner - Operative Painters and Decorators of Australasia, South Australian Branch

This is a painted canvas banner created for the Operative Painters and Decorators of Australasia, South Australian Branch. The banner depicts the female form of Justice, blindfolded and holding balance scales in her left hand while her right hand holds a sword pointing to the ground. Underneath her is written in black outline ...


Workmen in the engineering workshop at Daniel Harvey Ltd, c1958

This is a black-and-white photograph of two workmen using the tools of their trade in the engineering workshop at Daniel Harvey Ltd, agricultural machine manufacturers. The men are standing at a wooden workbench, and the older of the two is wearing a hat. The photograph's dimensions are: length 21.5 cm x width 16.3 cm.


Laptop wrap – world of work

Students prepare for work beyond school and develop an understanding of practices and behaviours that are expected in the workplace.


'Slavery as it exists in America. Slavery as it exists in England', 1850

This is a black-and-white print showing two contrasting scenes of 'slavery' produced by J Haven of Boston, USA. The top scene shows African American slaves in the US southern states dancing and playing the banjo after their day's work is over. The bottom scene shows four episodes of people lamenting the 'slavery' of work ...


Male staff members seated in the Kodak factory garden, 1947

This is a black-and-white group photograph of 15 staff members in the garden of the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, in March 1947. The men sit or stand informally in two rows, and smile at the camera. They wear semi-casual dress - shirts, vests or jumpers, trousers, and sometimes ties. Some of the men wear protective ...


Textile workers cutting out garment patterns, 1950-60 - item 2

This is a black-and-white image showing male and female clothing and textile workers at a factory, probably in Melbourne, in the 1950s. They are shown standing or sitting at long workbenches on which they are cutting out pattern parts to be sewn into garments. Long lengths of white material have been laid out on the benches ...


Packing rabbits for export at William Angliss and Co, 1954

This is a black-and-white image depicting workers at William Angliss and Co in Footscray packing rabbit carcasses into cardboard crates ready for export. A large number of skinned carcasses are hanging on a conveyor belt nearby. The photograph is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum ...


Mr Perlman and Mr and Mrs Ribush outside Bush's Confectionery Factory, Richmond, c1935

This is a digital copy of a black-and-white photograph showing Mr Perlman and Mr and Mrs Ribush outside the Bush's confectionery factory in Richmond, in about 1935.


Banner of the Australian Railways Union, Victorian Branch, c1911

This is a double-sided painted canvas banner made by John Hennessey of Carlton, Victoria. The banner is in a worn condition. On the first side is a central image of a steam train surrounded by images of men and allegorical male figures performing tasks done by union members. Near the top of the banner is painted 'AUSTRALIAN ...


Whose democracy? - unit of work

This is an extended sequence of lessons about the influence citizens can exert over government. The lessons focus on three topics: issues important to our class and the local community; the role of interest groups in Australia; and the role of interest groups in key issues in Australian history such as equal voting rights ...


What is a blacksmith?

A blacksmith is a person who shapes iron or steel into new objects. Blacksmiths make tools, gates, furniture, cooking utensils, ironwork to decorate houses, tools for the fireplace and more. Blacksmithing is an old trade that dates back hundreds of years. We meet Max at the Lost Trades Fair in Bendigo. He started blacksmithing ...


Working life - from colonial times to today

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to work in a mansion, for a wealthy family in the 1870s? How about in the 1930s? What kinds of jobs needed to be done back then? And what do those jobs look like today? Discover how working life has changed over the years by comparing dramatised historical accounts with ...


How does income tax work?

Gen Fricker makes income tax interesting! Learn about income tax - what it is, how it works and when you have to pay it. Easy-peasy! Then test yourself with ASIC Moneysmart's "Things to think about" classroom exercises.  


Sick leave noticeboard from Simpson's Gloves factory, 1956

This is a wooden framed noticeboard with a glass cover found at the Simpson's Gloves factory in Richmond, Victoria. Three paper notices regarding sick leave entitlements are attached with sticky tape. The board is 45.7 cm wide and 43.5 cm high. It is part of the Simpson's Gloves Collection at Museum Victoria.