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Work/Life Balance

Public sector workloads

A PSA workload survey has found that a high percentage of public sector employees are working between three and five unpaid hours a week on top of their paid hours in an effort to keep on top of their workload.  Many are doing more than this.

Go here for the initial findings of the survey carried out in December 2008 and January 2009




Flexible work arrangements


The flexible working hours amendment bill was passed into law on 21 November, 2007 and came into effect on 1 July 2008. It introduces a duty on employers to consider seriously requests for flexible working arrangements from employees with care responsibilities.



Such a great place for families

.But so hard to find time. This leaflet explains the changes to the law and the process for requesting flexible work arrangements.Order copies Email

The new law

Go to the Department of Labour website for information on flexible working arrangements.

Go here


Summary of law changes

PSA lawyer Catherine MacNamara presented a summary of the law changes at a members' lunchtime forum held in March.




Unions' submission on flexible hours

The CTU presented a submission on flexible work hours on behalf of the PSA and other affiliated unions.CTU Flexible Hours Submission 2006

Work/life balance: a resource for the state sector

A resource launched at Parliament by the Minister for State Services Trevor Mallard, PSA national secretary Richard Wagstaff and State Services Commissioner Mark Prebble on 5 April 2005. It promulgates a partnership approach to developing work/life balance policies and practices with organisations. More