Factors Associated with Job Satisfaction Amongst Australian University Academics and Future Workforce Implications

  • Peter James Bentley
  • Hamish Coates
  • Ian R. DobsonEmail author
  • Leo Goedegebuure
  • V. Lynn Meek
Part of the The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective book series (CHAC, volume 7)


Australian academics appear to be fairly critical when it comes to their valuing of the attractiveness of the academic profession. On the set of indicators constructed for this volume, Australians, together with their British colleagues, score the lowest. This chapter provides some possible explanations for this, drawing on the policy reforms that have confronted the sector over the last two decades. It also highlights a particular feature of the current profession that so far has not received much attention internationally, namely, its substantive use of casuals in both teaching and research. Combining these issues and trends with the imminent retirement of large groups of senior academics, this chapter concludes with a series of strategies that could be implemented to increase the attractiveness of the profession.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter James Bentley
    • 1
  • Hamish Coates
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ian R. Dobson
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  • Leo Goedegebuure
    • 1
  • V. Lynn Meek
    • 1
  1. 1.L.H. Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and ManagementUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)MelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Higher Education Governance and Management UnitUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  4. 4.School of Education and ArtsUniversity of BallaratBallaratAustralia

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