How employers are going beyond paid leave to address domestic and family violence

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Domestic violence has been described as a national crisis by Prime Mininster Anthony Albanese.    On average, one woman is killed every week by her current or former partner. According to statistics from Our Watch, perpetrators of violence against women are most commonly men, and are more likely to be known by the victim (35 […]

Count their families in to help close the gender pay gap


As the gender pay gap data released last week made clear, employers need more women in the higher-paying areas of leadership if they hope to close the difference in the median full-time wages of men and women – and it starts with sharing the caring.   To make that happen, both government and employers alike […]

Time to end the lag in men accessing family-friendly workplace policies

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Incredibly, Labor Senator Raff Ciccone became the first father to bring his baby into the Senate last week, two years after the Set the Standard report, which included recommendations to enhance the wellbeing, balance and flexibility of parliamentarians and workers.   While Ciccone thanked his parliamentary colleagues for creating a “family-friendly environment” in the Senate […]

A booming opportunity for employers to support care givers

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All too often when the topic of supporting carers in the workplace is raised, the conversation quickly starts and ends with a focus on women and babies.  Wider caring responsibilities of employees often don’t get a look in sadly.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s no denying investment in parental leave support is critical to improving […]

Lessons from Australia: how family-friendly policies support gender equality

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Published this week in a special edition Essays on Equality: The politics of childcare, from the Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, is Lessons from Australia: how family-friendly policies support gender equality from founder and CEO of Family Friendly Workplaces and Parents At Work Emma Walsh. Chaired by Hon Julia Gillard AC, the publication features a […]

The sick day and office ‘perks’ need an overhaul to support mental health

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The need for and the way we use a ‘sick day’ changed dramatically during the pandemic. For some employees, access to paid sick leave remains challenging due to the workplace culture or environment and due to employee shortages.   Meanwhile, with the rise of flexible and remote work options, many employees feel the pressure to […]