The Federal Government Carer-Inclusive Workplace Initiative aims to increase workforce participation among carers and help employers provide better support to this vital demographic. It provides organisations with a self-assessment tool so they can consider how their existing policies and practices relate to being carer-inclusive, and access to resources and learning modules to consider how they might improve their approach.
This report looks at the potential economic and social impacts of adding an entitlement to extended unpaid carer leave to the National Employment Standards. The report concludes that other policies – especially better access to flexible work – would make a bigger difference for more carers.
This fact sheet describes some of the challenges faced by caregivers, their concerns and practical things employers can do. Caregivers include older employees providing care for ageing parents, partners, dependent adult children and grandchildren.
This free paper from Eek and Sense explores what their Global Leaders Wellbeing Survey research found about the skewed wellbeing impact of COVID-19, how gender is related to wellbeing, what forces are driving disparities, and what interventions may mitigate any further decline and close the gap.
This 9 part Career Transition Guides series developed by Transitioning Well through the National Workplace Initiative supports people through times of major change such as having a baby, a career transition, a personal crisis or significant event, or retiring from the workforce altogether.
The Senate Committee on Work and Care has recommended the Federal Government conduct a four-day work week trial, along with adding an enforceable ‘right to disconnect’ to the Fair Work Act, and providing a much more generous paid parental leave to Australian families. In its long-awaited final report, the Committee issued 23 recommendations which if implemented, could reframe how employers and regulators approach child care, parental leave, superannuation entitlements, and even the shape of the gig economy.
A recently published longitudinal Australia study Working from home (WFH) during COVID showed that a sense of community and social support in the workplace are important determinants of employees' health, and workplace strategies to improve a sense of community whilst WFH (use of online platforms to improve communication, bonding, networking) and social support are required for all employees as hybrid work arrangements become more common.
The annual Aotearoa State of Workplace Inclusion 2022 Report from Diversity Works NZ provides a broad overview of how workplaces across have been addressing DEI issues in the organisational context. It reflects on trends and emerging themes, draws attention to research and considers important developments in the policy and media landscape.
This research explores how Dads and partners in small business manage the transition to working parent, and the challenges in the role of support person for their partner. Key struggles included sleep deprivation, a desire for more time with baby in the first year; and a need for more support and mental health awareness, for themselves and their partners.