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Flexible Working Arrangements

You have the right to request flexible working arrangements
Sometimes it can be challenging balancing child care and work commitments. Many members contact FSU at this time for assistance with requesting flexible working arrangements.
The right to request flexible working arrangements is available to a parent with a child of school age or younger.
Examples of flexible working arrangements include changes to:
  • Hours of work (eg starting and finishing times)
  • Patterns of work (eg split shifts or job sharing)
  • Locations of work (eg different work location or working from home)
  • Mode of employment (eg requesting to work part time)
Put your request in writing, explaining what changes are needed and the reasons for the request
Requests for flexible working arrangements must be submitted at least 4 weeks before your expected return to work date. The earlier that you put your request in the better, as they can take some time to negotiate. 
Your employer has 21 days to provide you with a written response as to whether your request is granted.
Not all requests are granted, so we strongly recommend that you begin discussions with your manager as early as possible so that you can work through any issues that may arise well ahead of your expected return date.
Here is a sample letter that you can amend and use to request flexible working arrangements: 
Be sure to keep a copy of all correspondence and get any agreed changes to your work arrangements in writing. This should include information about:
  • What are the arrangements?
  • How long will these arrangements apply? (e.g. is this forever, or can you return to full time work? What is the process for doing this?)
  • When/how will this be reviewed?
Asking for part time arrangements should not mean that you have to accept a demotion.
Please contact FSU right away if you need advice or assistance with negotiating your return to work.
This page contains general information. If you would like specific advice on your circumstances, please contact FSU on 1300 366 378.
Contact Details
FSU Member Rights Centre
Ph: 1300 366 378

Authorised By: Julia Angrisano, National Secretary

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