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Flexibility: the answer to retaining talented female leaders

It’s International Flexible Working Day on May 22, and Parents At Work CEO Emma Walsh interviewed the day’s founder, Vanessa Vanderhoek, on how the day was created and why her advocacy behind flexible working is so important. Vanessa started Flexible Working Day three years ago, as a day ‘to showcase and celebrate the benefits of…

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Parents At Work welcomes Fiona Hitchiner

Parents At Work is thrilled to announce HR Director and Diversity & Inclusion expert, Fiona Hitchiner is joining our team as Director of Strategic Partnerships. Fiona will play a pivotal consulting role engaging local and international partners – which includes clients, service providers, industry and community groups – to develop workplace strategies, policies and support…

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Paid Parental Leave: How the two major parties compare

The ABC takes a look at paid parental leave and proposed changes in the upcoming election in their recent audio news report, ‘Paid Parental Leave: How the two major parties compare‘. Currently, parents get access to the government Paid Parental Leave Scheme set up in 2011, which gives the primary carer 18 weeks’ leave if…

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Cicada Innovations – Taking Aussie Dads into a Unique Place

I attended an event run by the incubator Cicada Innovations recently, at which our Aussie Dads photo exhibition featured and set the scene for a new crowd. Cicada is a home to deep tech start-up companies in Australia, supporting science-based innovations from ideation all the way through to incubation. It plays a major role in…

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Shared Care Special: Follow Sarah and Peter’s shared parental leave story

It’s always inspiring to hear stories about working couples sharing their parental leave. This is definitely the case with the arrangement Sarah Maxwell and her husband Peter are looking forward to with their baby on the way. In a special feature of our new Parental Leave Essentials Podcast series, Kiri Stejko talks to Sarah, People and…

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Why I’m ditching the super parent fantasy in 2019

January brings relaxing times and quieter days for some but not all. For parents of young kids and babies, the family tempo may have reduced marginally from manic sprint to marathon jog. But it’s unlikely your ‘holiday’ was filled with breezy afternoons napping, swimming, and relaxing  unencumbered by the ties of responsibility. You had kids…

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Why we do what we do: the Parental Leave Equality campaign 2018

  As we look back on this busy and jam-packed year, we’re feeling a little proud of Parents At Work. Much of our effort this year has been campaigning to get the message of #ParentalLeaveEquality out there – and we know from our work with employers that we have paved the way for introducing better…

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