4 Increased take-up of flexible work arrangements by men and women
Last updated: 28 Apr 2016
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It is time to think beyond the traditional idea that flexible work is only for mothers of young children. In contemporary society, both individuals and workplaces benefit from flexible arrangements being accessible to everyone, regardless of gender, classification, or role.
Leaders, managers, and supervisors should be vigilant in making sure employees who work flexibly have opportunities for development and career progression.
- Agencies are to review current roles and adopt a 'flexible by default' approach. This includes managers challenging assumptions about how work should be done and how jobs are designed. Agencies are to put in place steps to ensure flexible work arrangements are not detrimental to employees' career progression.
- Leaders must put mechanisms in place to improve the take-up of flexible work arrangements by men.
- The APSC will deliver a best practice guide and training on how to manage flexible work arrangements.
- The APSC and agencies will develop and implement a return to work framework for working parents that also encourages more men to use parental leave provisions.
- The APSC will review the Maternity Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1973 and propose amendments that improve its ease of administration, flexibility in access to provisions, and delivery.