If the future of work is ‘Made In Australia’ then we must respect caregiving more and confront inflexible work practices to drive workforce participation

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The Albanese Government outlined a $22.7 billion plan to build a “Future Made in Australia” as part of its 2024-25 Federal Budget, with male-dominated industries heavily in focus.    It’s a bold vision for the future, addressing global supply chains under pressure, and aiming to maximise Australia’s potential across emerging clean energy industries.    The […]

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 […]


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Enhanced paid parental leave and gender-neutral policies are key if Australian employers are to meet gender and wage gap targets says Parents At Work CEO   Key Points   Parents At Work CEO Emma Walsh will today appear before a Senate Committee Inquiry to push for world-leading parental leave policies for Australia’s 7.3 million working […]

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 […]

Workplaces have the power to help end family and domestic violence

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We know that employers play a key role in supporting those experiencing domestic and family violence.   But with the shift in working from home, the access to a physical “safe space” in a workplace that survivors were accessing prior to the pandemic has significantly reduced.   During periods of lockdown, when Australians were required to […]

New report evidences key enablers and benefits of Family Friendly Workplaces

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Flexible work and gender-neutral policies key priorities for family focused Australian employers   Highlights The Report from Parents At Work and UNICEF Australia has found that to bridge the work and family divide workplaces are investing in greater flexible work practices and more inclusive paid family leave policies is a key enabler of family friendly […]

Work + Family Policy Roundtable and the 2022 Federal Election Benchmarks

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The Australian Work + Family Policy Roundtable is a research network of 31 academics from 18 universities and research institutions with expertise on work, care and family policy. The goal of the Roundtable is to propose, comment upon, collect and disseminate research to inform evidence-based public policy in Australia.   This week, the Roundtable proposed a set […]