Flexible Working. Works for Everyone.  

Flexible work is important at UNSW. It supports a diverse, productive workplace and allows for a better work-life integration to meet your career goals in the short and long term.  

Interested to learn more? The Flexible Work Guidelines outlines the formal policies around flexible work at UNSW. The Flexible Work Toolkit is a practical guide for employees and managers to learn about flexible work, case studies of staff who work flexibly, and supports conversations about flexible work with your manager. 

Research by the Diversity Council Australia has shown that flexible working arrangements enhance organisational performance, boosts employee satisfaction and increases company revenue. Despite the benefits for both the company and employee, Flex Careers Annual Flexibility Report 2019 revealed 96% of respondents need flexible working arrangements, but 50% believe that requesting flexible work may hinder their career prospects.

UNSW aims to dismantle this perception by integrating flexible working into the ‘business as usual’ employee culture. Help promote awareness for flexible work at UNSW and the different types of flexible work options available. 

You can support a positive flexible work culture in your Faculty, Division or School by: 

  • promote UNSW’s Flexible Work Guidelines and Toolkit in your place of work 
  • be open to different ways of working  
  • remember, flexible work options will vary between staff and change through the stages of their career and life stages. 
  • be proactive and openly discuss flexible work options on annual planning days with your team 
  • be innovative, and re-think how to balance flexible work options with UNSW’s objectives    
  • have visible staff role-models in your Faculty or Division who work flexibly 
  • share stories the promote the benefits of workplace flexibility for staff and UNSW  

Regular Meeting Team Policy 

Boost Meeting Attendance? Easy. Book between 9:30 – 4:00pm. 

UNSW recognises that many staff, including those with caring responsibilities and other personal commitments, may be unable to attend essential meetings if they are scheduled too early or too late in the day. 

This limits a staff member’s opportunity to actively participate in meetings and may also impact networking and development opportunities. 

The intention of the Regular Meeting Team Policy is to ensure Faculties and Divisions conduct most meetings, and particularly those that are regularly scheduled, during the hours of 9.30am to 4.00pm wherever possible. 

Scheduling regular team meetings during these hours will provide several benefits: 

  • promote a more inclusive work environment and culture at UNSW 
  • ensure the maximum number of people can attend meetings 
  • minimise unintended exclusion and disadvantage of those staff with caring and other responsibilities 
  • improve communication between management and team members 
  • support staff to manage their work and personal commitments