Making Flexibility Work


The ‘Making Flexibility Work’ project investigates organisations with successful flexible work arrangements (FWA). We explore how they developed and organised FWA, how FWA impacts upon employees’ work-life balance and the organisations’ productivity. The research output is a case study on each participating organisation.

Providing FWA is one of the strategies considered imperative for organisations to be gender equitable workplaces. While many organisations have ad-hoc FWA, only seven per cent of Australian workplaces have a workplace flexibility strategy.

This project is a timely study with the Australian Government recently introducing new legislation under the Fair Work Act to encourage formal flexible workplace strategies and the ‘right to request’ FWA in the following circumstances: care for pre-school and school-aged children, broader care responsibilities, aged 55 and over, and victims of or related to victims of domestic violence.

Key Resources

Organisations looking to implement a work flexibility strategy will find the following resources useful:

Strategic Approach to Flexibility Resources at the Australian Government Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)

Flexibility in the Workplace Resources at the Australian Government Fair Work Ombudsman

Work-life / Flexibility Resources at the Diversity Council Australia (DCA)

Case Studies