Providing flexibility is another way we’re working to build an inclusive workforce in the NSW public sector.
Flexible working helps our people to be as productive as possible while providing them with more choices about how they balance their commitments outside of work.
This will make it easier for employees from all walks of life – including males and females, people with disability, young and old, different cultural backgrounds, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – to make their unique contribution to the NSW public sector.
What we’re doing
The NSW Government has committed to making all roles flexible in the NSW government sector on the basis of 'if not, why not' by 2019.
To support agencies to deliver on the Government’s commitment, we have developed a strategic framework for flexible working in the NSW government sector – Make Flexibility Count. It was informed by extensive consultation with employees, managers and agencies across the sector, as well as other key stakeholders. The framework sets out six principles to guide agencies in the development of their own flexible working strategies.
The 'if not, why not' approach encompasses a commitment to enabling flexibility in all roles across the government sector in some form. Importantly NSW government sector agencies recognise that flexibility has different meanings for different people in different roles. Agencies are considering how to develop initiatives to implement the Government’s policy by 2019.
Some of the types of flexible work available to our people across the NSW government sector include:
- Flex leave
- Reduced hours
- Working from home
- Flexible start and finish times
- Compressed work weeks
- Flexible scheduling for rostered workers
- Part-time work and job sharing
- Working from different locations and tele-work
- Breaks from work including paid parental and carer’s leave
- Leave without pay such as a career break or study leave or in some cases, to allow pursuit of the person’s interests
- Other forms of support for people with particular responsibilities.
As part of the Government’s commitment, we are working on a range of initiatives to support mainstreaming flexible working across the NSW government sector. This includes the following initiatives described below.
Job sharing is a flexible work strategy that allows two people’s ideas, energy and knowledge base to be shared in one full time position. We are creating a job share register to assist current employees looking for a compatible job share partner.
Mainstreaming flexible work will require cultural changes in the workplace. We are implementing training for senior leaders so they can understand why flexibility is important.