Why fathers’ care matters: Enabling gender equity in care and work

The goal of this forum is to share our knowledge of why fathers’ care matters and what barriers prevent fathers from successfully combining work with care. The forum will include presentations from leading researchers (Professor Lyndall Strazdins (The ANU), A/Professor Richard Fletcher (University of Newcastle), Dr Jenny Baxter (Australian Institute of Family Studies), and Professor Jan Nicholson (La Trobe University). There will be a panel discussion with policy and industry experts - led by Parents at Work CEO Emma Walsh, with representatives from Westpac, the Workplace Gender Equity Agency, Deloitte, and The Department of Social Services, as well as engaging perspectives from fathers. We aim to set a clear research agenda for the next 5-10 years to take this issue forward. We welcome input from policy makers, industry experts, researchers, and parents from the general community to identify barriers to change and to generate a range of possible solutions.