Pre-budget submission 2022-23
The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance and value of Australia’s essential workers to the wellbeing of the nation and its economy. Many of these essential workers are employed in shift work. This submission outlines a comprehensive program designed to improve the sleep health of these essential shift workers with a targeted program focused on the six key industries employing the vast majority of shift workers in Australia: • transport, postal and warehousing • manufacturing • accommodation and food services • mining • public administration and safety • healthcare and social assistance. This submission is a prioritized response to two key recommendations of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia , and will result in significant benefits to the Australian economy through reduced healthcare costs and improved productivity and safety.