Govt will amend act to give people with disability and carers the right to request flexible work

Fri 15 February 2013

This week the Minister for Workplace Relations, the Hon Bill Shorten MP, announced that the Australian Government will amend the Fair Work Act to give people with disability and carers the right to request flexible working arrangements. Currently the right to request flexible working arrangements is limited to parents with responsibility for a child under school age or a child with disability aged under 18.

The change will extend the right to request flexible work arrangements to include:

  • employees with disability;
  • employees who are parents, or have responsibility for care of a child of school age;
  • workers with other caring responsibilities;
  • mature age employees; and
  • workers experiencing family violence and workers providing personal care, support and assistance to a member of their immediate family or member of their household because they are experiencing family violence.

Many advocacy groups, including AND, have stressed over many years the vital importance of a flexible workplace to the successful recruitment and retention of all employees, including employees with disability, and consistently advocated for these changes.

Read more on the DEEWR website.

 

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