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WA Department of Education Unplanned Absenteeism Analysis

Client: Western Australia Department of Education

The Future of Work Institute (FOWI) partnered with the Western Australia Department of Education’s internal workplace planning team to investigate unplanned absenteeism within the department. This collaboration marked the first time that the WA Department of Education’s absenteeism data had been analysed for scientific purposes.

Through rigorous statistical analyses, FOWI researchers generated several interesting findings and patterns.


Highlights of the findings include:

  • Yearly leave statistics by different categories such as job groups, leave types, regions, and schools;

  • Statistical associations between staff demographics and duration and patterns of their unplanned leave;

  • Pattern differences among teaching and support staff;

  • Statistical associations between yearly leave patterns at the school-level and Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) and;

  • Patterns of monthly leave durations at both the department level and the person level.

Industry outcomes

The generation of useful data insights allowed the WA Department of Education to:

Identify features of leave patterns across different organisational levels, categories, and time periods.

Propose and design planning strategies or initiatives to effectively reduce department staff’s unplanned absenteeism.

Research Project Lead

Yukun Liu

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The Future of Work Institute (FoWI) promotes productive and meaningful work as essential foundations of a healthy economy and society.

FoWI’s researchers focus on how people contribute to and benefit from new knowledge and practices, and their mission is to support thriving people and organisations in the digital age.

The Future of Work Institute acknowledges the Wadjuk Nyungar people as the traditional owners of the land on which the Institute is situated.


Future of Work Institute

Curtin Graduate School of Business 

78 Murray Street

Perth WA 6000

Telephone: +61 8 9266 4668

Email: fowi@curtin.edu.au

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