Sue Richardson

Sue Richardson

Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre

Faculty of the Professions


Professor Richardson was Director of the National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University, from 2000-08. Prior to that she worked in the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide. She is a member of the Fair Work Commission's Expert Panel, responsible for the annual setting of the national minimum wages and award wages, and was a member of its predecessor Minimum Wage Panel. She is also an elected member of the Council of the Australian Conservation Foundation, a member of the National Sustainable Develobment Council and on the Senior Advisory Panel of Deloitte Economics Australia.

She was President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia from 2003-06. She lead a Foresighting Cluster that advised the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council on major long term policy challenges. From 2004-9, she was a Commissioner of the Essential Services Commission of SA. In recent years she has been a member of the National Sustainability Council, the Commonwealth Expert Panel on Climate Futures, the ABS Mapping Australia's Progress panel, the Board of the Council of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Australian Council of Learned Academies, the Board of the South Australian Certificate of Education, the SA Population Advisory Committee and the Information Economy Advisory Board.

She has been a part-time Commissioner with the Industry Commission, Convener of the Academic Board and a member of the Council of the University of Adelaide and of its Finance Committee, on the Rhodes Scholarship selection committee, a member of the Ministerial Inquiry into Skills in South Australia and co-editor of the Economic Record.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Adjunct Professor University of Adelaide
    2016 Adjunct Professor Flinders University
    2010 - 2019 Member, Expert Panel Fair Work Commission
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2009 Honour Member, Order of Australia Commonwealth of Australia Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1978 La Trobe University Australia Ph D
    1968 University of Melbourne Australia B Commerce (Hons)
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2010 Wei, Z., & Richardson, S. (2010). Are older workers less productive? A case study of aged care workers in Australia*. Economic Record, 86(SUPPL. 1), 115-123.
    DOI Scopus4
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2011 Mavromaras, K., McGuinness, S., Richardson, S., Sloane, P., & Wei, Z. (2011). Over-skilling and job satisfaction in the Australian labour force. NCVER.
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  • Community Engagement

    Date Title Engagement Type Institution Country
    2016 - 2021 Councillor Public Community Engagement Australian Conservation Foundation Australia
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2018 - 2020 Deloitte Acess Economics Senior Advisory Panel Business and professional Australia
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2010 - 2019 Member, Fair Work Commission Fair Work Commission Australia

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