Flexibility & Work-Life

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

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

Change at Work cover pic

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

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 - Mainstreaming Flexibility By Design

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

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.

News

Increasing gender discrimination a barrier to equal pay

Media releases

An new report released today by KPMG Australia found that gender discrimination continues to be the single largest factor contributing to the gender pay gap.

New report shows how to make D&I change initiatives that stick

Media releases

DCA with Deloitte and Google have released a new report which sets out an innovative framework to make diversity and inclusion change that works.

This Mother’s Day, let’s ‘share the care’ to close the gender pay gap

Media releases

In the lead up to Mother’s Day, DCA is calling for government and business to do more to address the gendered impact of caring responsibilities to close the gender pay gap.

Perspectives

What would be good for mothers is closing the pay gap faster

Happy Mothers' Day Opinion piece by Lisa Annese with imagery from the Share the Care report cover
Opinion pieces

Mother’s Day is an apt time to recognise mothering. But the load of mothering doesn’t just happen on one day every year. It’s ongoing. And we need to look at what that means for women’s lives and careers, says DCA CEO, Lisa Annese.

Flexible work - for when life throws curve balls

Curved road sign on a country road in the rain
Blog

DCA's Tracy Hocking pens a heartfelt personal reflection on the unexpected benefit of flexible work.

Submission regarding the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2016

Submissions

DCA opposes proposed changes to the Government-funded Paid Parental Leave scheme and has outlined this in a submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee currently reviewing the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2016.

Coming events

29 Oct 2019

Is backlash good for diversity and inclusion? This is the question moderator Tony Jones will be posing at this year's DCA & MLC LIfe Insurance Annual Diversity Debate.

Webcasts from past events

22 Jul 2019

How effective are D&I initiatives in achieving change? We found out at the launch of Change At Work.

22 Feb 2017

Following on from the 2016 release of DCA’s Future-Flex for the retail sector, we are delighted to launch Phase 2, providing new guidance on how to redesign a team’s work to enable flexibility – now applicable to all sectors.