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Making work work for families: Deloitte Australia introduces new policies to give people more time with their families

8 MARCH 2022: Coinciding with International Women’s Day, Deloitte Australia has today announced a range of enhanced policies to make it easier for people to combine work and family life. The changes are in response to feedback about the key pressures facing families – time and financial commitments.

Parents returning to work after a continuous break for parental leave will receive an additional support payment for a period of 12 months, and revised performance targets, to help ensure a great return to work.

The payment will be structured as a remuneration premium for all part time return to work parents. New parents working 3 or 4 days a week will be paid for an extra day a week for the first 12 months, and those working less than 3 days a week will be paid for an extra half a day. This payment recognises the complexity and demands of juggling part time work and parental duties and also encourages parents working full-time to work flexibly and reduce work hours with no negative consequence to their salary.

In addition, returning parents will have relief from financial Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for 12 months to support the transition back to work.

To further support families as their children grow up, parents of school aged children will be able to work more flexibly in school holidays to spend time with their families.

The policies are inclusive of all types of families including birth, adoptive, surrogate, foster and same-sex parents and are a further step in Deloitte’s market leading suite of initiatives to support employees and their families.

Last year Deloitte was one of the first companies in Australia to be certified as a Family Friendly Workplace under new national standards launched by Parents At Work and UNICEF Australia.

Deloitte Australia CEO Adam Powick said: “Our goal is to be a truly inclusive organisation and as part of this we have identified the need to better support new parents as they return to work, recognising that this can be a personally, professionally and financially challenging time in someone’s life.

“These initiatives are an important and visible step in our ongoing commitment to advance gender equity and the diversity agenda more broadly at Deloitte.”

Deloitte Australia Executive Talent Leader Pip Dexter said: “Deloitte is proud to take the lead by supporting people through providing more flexibility and choice in how they care for their family.

“We know our parental leave policy changes and improvements have impacted the utilisation of the policy by men, with over 50% of all those who take parental leave at Deloitte now men, up from 30% in 2018. These are important changes that make a positive impact on overall gender equity.”

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