Establishing a workplace culture of flexibility
We implemented an updated flexible work policy and procedure, and developed tools and resources for managers and staff to increase opportunities for flexible work. Provisions in the 2018 Academic and Professional Staff Enterprise Agreements ensure the right to return to work part-time from parental leave, twenty days Domestic Violence Leave, and parental leave for surrogates. The costs of caring responsibilities were added as an allowable expense within Macquarie University grants and fellowships. Part-time scholarships are now available for Higher Degree Research (HDR) students returning from parental leave, and the Primary Carer Conference Support Scheme is in place to assist staff who have family responsibilities to present at academic conferences. Changes were made to eligibility criteria for the Macquarie University Restart Grant to be more inclusive of early career researchers. The Faculty of Science and Engineering also launched a Research Fellowship for staff returning from parental leave. Property upgraded the University’s parenting rooms, and Campus Life commenced planning for a new forty-five place childcare centre on campus.