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

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.

Inclusion@Work Index 2019-2020

DCA 2019-2020 Inclusion@Work Index - Mapping the state of inclusion in the ustralian workforce

How inclusive are Australian workplaces for a diversity of employees, and how has this changed over time? What impact does inclusion have on performance and wellbeing? The 2019-2020 Inclusion@Work Index surveyed a nationally representative sample of 3,000 Australian workers to find out.

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.

Change At Work

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For well over thirty years, initiatives designed to improve diversity and inclusion (D&I) have been a priority for organisations – but are the plethora of D&I initiatives actually creating the organisational change they aspire to?

Let’s Share the Care

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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

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

Medibank's FamilyFlex policy (parental leave)

All eligible prospective parents are able to take 14 weeks of paid leave within the first 24 months of their child's life.

Flexible parental leave at Deloitte

From March 2019, Deloitte Australia is offering 18 weeks paid leave to all new parents that can be taken over three years, broken up in a range of flexible ways to suit each family’s unique needs.

Challenging mindsets – Flexibility at Woolworths

Woolworths logo

Woolworths' innovative approach to flexibility to reduce turnover for female staff.

QinetiQ boosts paid parental leave conditions

QinetiQ boosts paid parental leave conditions and scraps qualifying period for primary care-givers.

FUTURE-FLEX WORK DESIGN AT IAG

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

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.

DCA flex resources for Coronavirus

News articles

The DCA team is working hard to continue to provide members with the services they've come to expect, with special resources and events on flex for COVID-19

COVID-19: How Australian Businesses Can Use Flexibility as a Business Tool

Media releases

DCA has urged Australian workplaces to use flexibility as a business tool to help with continuity in the face of disruptions due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Perspectives

This International Women’s Day, let’s challenge stubborn social norms

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Opinion pieces

This International Women’s Day, DCA wants to challenge all gender inequalities, and the stubborn social norms that restrict all of us based on our gender.

Caring is sharing

The Art of Inclusion - Caring is sharing – pioneering shared care policies in Australia’s workplaces.  Stones on the beach are arranged to look like four different sized footprints representing a family.
Podcasts

A shared care revolution is happening in some of Australia’s most forward-thinking organisations. Discover best practice in our latest podcast instalment.

Thinking outside the box

The Art of Inclusion: Thinking outside the box- Neurodiversity and autism at work
Podcasts

What exactly is neurodiversity, and how can we improve workplace design to accommodate it and help neurodiverse employees thrive? Find out on the latest episode of DCA’s podcast.

Coming events

Hosted by Cisco Systems Australia Pty Ltd
15 Apr 2020

As many of us are now working from home, staying connected and productive can be a challenge if you have caring responsibilities.

11 May 2020

This Diversity Leadership Webex looks at ways you can stay mentally fit in challenging times to ensure you continue to function properly at an emotional, social and psychological level.

Date and time are subject to change and will be confirmed closer to the event.  

Webcasts from past events

25 Mar 2020

DCA outlines how to make flex work for you and your organisation in the face of COVID-19.

Hosted by Gilbert + Tobin
05 Mar 2020

This Diversity Leadership Program event explored the future of accessibility at work.