Employers, time to celebrate the pride of First Nations parents and carers


This week’s NAIDOC week is an important opportunity for employers to celebrate First Nations team members, and to reinvigorate their commitments to supporting their families.    The 2024 theme is Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud, aiming to celebrate and recognise the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. […]

How four fathers benefit from their employer’s family friendly policies


Great family-friendly policies are gender neutral and help encourage people to share the care and the load at home.    In early 2024, UNICEF Australia spoke with a number of employees who work for a certified Family Inclusive Workplace, to highlight how they have accessed and used flexibility and family friendly policies to support the […]

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 […]

Employers can and must work to eliminate domestic and family violence

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We learn more about Challenge DV, an organisation working to support employers with their role in eliminating violence against women, thanks to our partnership with Family Friendly Workplaces.   When family members and colleagues discussed family and domestic violence with Keith Tracey-Patte, he concedes that he would struggle to understand how he could actually make […]