The changes will give people with disability and their carers the right to request flexible working arrangements.
Currently, the right to request flexible work hours is restricted to parents with responsibility for the care of 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.
These changes are in line with a range of submissions to the recent review of the Fair Work Act, including from the Australian Human Rights Commission.
We are making the changes because we know that some people with disability only need a little bit of consideration, like more flexible working hours, to make a real and sustained contribution in the workplace.
As a Government, we are committed to helping all Australians reach their full potential, and participate in work, education and community life.
That’s why a Labor Government first introduced the right to request flexible work arrangements and it is why this Labor Government is extending them now.
That’s also why we are working hard to design the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which will help change the lives of thousands of Australians with disability, their families and carers.
This historic reform will give people with disability more choice and control – and more flexibility – over the care and support they receive.
So they can make their own decisions about how to live their life and reach their goals.
You can share your views on the NDIS by participating in the latest NDIS Your Say forum.
If you want to know more about the NDIS, you can read the Factsheets on the NDIS website, which cover important information about the scheme.
Thanks again to so many of you who have contributed your views to Government reforms for people with disability such as the NDIS and the changes to the Fair Work Act.