Flexibility

Adopting a flexible approach to work will assist in attracting and retaining talent in a diverse workforce.

In this section, you will find the following resources to help you successfuly implement flexible working and other work-life initiatives.

DCA Research

D&I 101 - Collecting Diversity Data

D&I 101: Conducting a Diversity Survey - with speech bubble for different diversity dimensions including Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islnder Peoples, Carers, Disbility, Age, Multicultural including Religion & Gender/LGBTIQ+

DCA's Guide to Conducting a Diversity Survey - How to ask your employees about their diversity.

In 2020, Do We Still Really Need Workplace Gender Equality?

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It’s been over 100 years since the first IWD and we’ve come a long way in creating gender equality – but we still have a long way to go. In 2020, gender inequalities continue to limit the ability of both men and women to be respected and to contribute at work and at home.

She's Price(d)less - 2019 update report

She's Priced Less: The economics of the gender pay gap. Logos for KPMG, Diversity Council Australia and Workplace Gender Equality Agency

She’s Price(d)less is the third in a series of reports that uses econometric modelling applied to data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to unpack the factors that contribute to the gender pay gap.

Let’s Share the Care

Image from report cover with mini seesaw with piles of coins and blocks with female and male symbols on each end.  The female end has a bigger weight and is therefore down while the male block is elevated due to the lighter weight.

DCA's Let’s Share the Care at Home and Work report, timed to coincide with Mother’s Day on 12 May 2019, is a call to action to end the gender pay gap by enabling women and men in Australian families to ‘share the care’ more equitably.

Myth Busting Flexibility

The future of work demands flexibility in the way individuals, teams, and organisations work. This DCA guide draws on research to debunk some of the more common myths and inaccurate assumptions about workplace flexibility.

Future-Flex

Future-Flex Both Covers

Future-Flex is a new way of thinking about workplace flexibility and is about more than just accommodating an individual’s needs – it is about re-designing work at a team or organisation level to maximise performance and wellbeing.

Future-Flex - Mainstreaming Flexibility By Team Design

Future-Flex Teams Guide

Through this project DCA aims to assist organisations by providing practical guidance for managers, teams, and individuals on how to mainstream workplace flexibility through team design.

Future-Flex: Mainstreaming Flexibility By Design (Retail Guide)

Future-Flex Retail Guide

Future-Flex is a new DCA initiative comprising evidence-based practical guidelines for HR and diversity practitioners and managers and team leaders, on how to implement and mainstream flexible work through job and work (re)design.

Get Flexible!

DCA have released a landmark research report titled Get Flexible: Mainstreaming Flexible Work in Australian Business.

Men Get Flexible!

Although not new, men and flexibility is currently a ‘hot’ topic driven by the increasing number of dual-earner families, intensified fathering expectations and growing recognition that flexible work can generate positive outcomes for men, women, families and organisations.

Working for the Future: A National Survey of Employees

DCA's national, representative survey of Australian employees measuring employment conditions, diversity demographics, employee engagement and well-being, productivity, business effectiveness and workforce planning capacity.

Other Research

The Unintended Consequences of Maternity Leaves: How Agency Interventions Mitigate the Negative Effects of Longer Legislated Maternity Leaves

New mums who keep in touch with their workplace while on maternity leave are more hireable and less likely to experience unconscious bias, research shows.

Case Studies

Future-Flex at NAB

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THINK FLEXIBLY, WORK FLEXIBLY: NAB Marrickville Business Banking Pilot work redesign and flexibility.

Future-Flex Work Design at IAG

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Creating a workplace where employees can fully contribute is one way IAG brings to life for its employees its purpose – we make your world a safer place.

News

Flexible Working Day 2020: Let’s make flexible work the new normal

Media releases

Research released today from the DCA-Suncorp Inclusion@Work Index has shown flexible work fuels performance and improves employee wellbeing and will be critical in ensuring an inclusive recovery post COVID-19.

DCA welcomes the announcement of fully subsidised childcare for essential workers

Media releases

Diversity Council Australia has today welcomed the Government’s announcement that childcare would be fully subsidised for essential workers.

Perspectives

Childlessness – the unspoken workplace inclusion issue

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As workplaces become more inclusive and family-friendly, there is still a very large group of people who remain unseen.

Affordable childcare? What must happen after the big budget announcement ...

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A high quality, accesible early learning system is the most powerful instrument we have to realise an equal society, says Jay Weatherill

Working from home: fluke or a permanent feature?

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Love working from home? Here's what you need to know to keep making it work...

Coming events

28 Apr 2022

In the lead up to the International Family Equality Day (IFED), this event looks at how to make workplace policies more inclusive of different types of families incl. rainbow families, single parent families and divorced/blended families.

13 Jul 2022

As we return to COVID-normal, are we in danger of creating a two class system where those who return to face-to-face work leave behind those who continue to work virtually? At this event, we will discover how organisations can create more equitable hybrid work models.

Webcasts from past events

06 Oct 2021

At this Gender Equality Network we will look at the uptake of parental leave by men, why it’s important for gender equality and how employers can make it easier for men to participate.

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31 Mar 2021

Inclusion at work occurs when a diversity of people (e.g. of different ages, cultural backgrounds, genders) feel valued and respected, have access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute their perspectives and talents to improve their organisation.