Emma Walsh Founder Parents@Work

Thank you for your support! 

This week the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) announced Parents@Work is nominated for the Human Rights Business Award. This prestigious award recognises businesses that make a practical commitment to the promotion and advancement of human rights including a positive contribution to improving social outcomes in Australia. 

We feel especially excited and privileged because this year the AHRC received a record number of nominations!

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you – our loyal supporters – for your continued support of our fantastic service.  

I started Parents@Work eight years ago because I believed, both organisations and as a society, we could do more to change the way we consider and treat working carers in the workplace. We have grown from a tiny business to one that provides services to over 100,000 plus parents and carers across Australia. We now service 12% of Australia’s top 100 companies and last year we helped thousands of parents to return to work and manage the career and family transition. Learn more about our story.

Going forward we are advocating for true gender equality in the workplace and home – where our hard-working Dad’s are as much a part of the conversation as Mums. We are dedicated as ever to improving the lives of everyday working families in Australia.

Professor Gillian Triggs, AHRC President said in a statement: “This award acknowledges the efforts of individuals and organisations within the private sector who enhance human rights, often in ground-breaking ways.”

And that’s what we will aim to continue to be – ground-breaking! 

Eight years ago there was no legislated Paid Parental Leave Scheme, no right to request flexible work, no Dad and Partner pay, No Stay In Touch days, and less than 49% of Australian companies offered any paid parental leave support to their employees. Things are changing which is encouraging and we will continue to pave the way on all issues related to carers rights and gender equality in the workplace. Our communities, families and businesses deserve it.

As a finalist Parents@Work are in good company. The other four businesses shortlisted for the award are the NRL, Coles, TravAbility and Maitree House Productions.

The Human Rights Commission will present the annual Human Rights Awards on December 10th 2015 at a lunch at the Westin Hotel in Sydney. The Parents@Work team will be attending. We’ll be posting updates on our LinkedIn and Twitter pages so stay tuned!

With appreciation,

Emma and the Parents@Work team