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THE Army is working to create a more flexible
workplace in order to support soldiers who need to
balance the demands of the service and their family
or other personal commitments.
The Director General for Personnel -- Army, Brig
Gavan Reynolds, said the senior leadership understood
the demands the organisation made on service men
"Army is working to improve the ways in which
we provide flexible working arrangements," he said.
"Over the long-term this will help us to promote reten-
tion, and provide more flexibility in the workplace."
After being completely revised, the ADF policy on
flexible working arrangements, DI(G)Pers 49-4, was
relaunched in May.
The new policy offers a number of options for
those considering flexible work arrangements, includ-
ing temporary home-based work, variable working
hours and part-time leave without pay, which includes
"This move forward will assist Army to better
support our people and their families," Brig Reynolds
"Soldiers should discuss the available flexible
working arrangements with their supervisors, com-
manding officers and the Career Management Agency
to establish which option is most suitable for them-
selves and their unit."
For more information look up DI(G)Pers 49-4 Flexible Work
Arrangements for Members of the Australian Defence Force on
the DGPers-A intranet site at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/
This site also includes information on responsibilities under flex-
ible working arrangements.
Information is also available at www.army.gov.au/Army-life/
Flexibility is key: The new work policy aims to improve working conditions for soldiers by being
more open to meeting an individual's family needs and personal circumstances.
Photo by Sgt Neil Ruskin
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Temporary home located work
This allows a soldier to work away from
his or her normal workplace. This may
be a temporary or an ongoing arrange-
ment on a part-time or full-time basis.
Variable working hours
This allows a soldier to have more flex-
ibility with workplace start and finish
times to be able to meet family or per-
sonal commitments. Variable working
hours can be applied on a permanent
Part-time leave without pay
This allows a soldier to work a reduced
number of days or part days in any
fortnightly pay period. Part-time leave
without pay includes the option of
job-sharing. It can be used to manage
part-time tertiary study, sports training,
participating in competitions and caring
for children or elderly members of a
soldier's family. Part-time leave without
pay is also available for soldiers return-
ing from maternity or parental leave.
Flexible work considerations
It's important to investigate which
option best suits your own personal
needs. Soldiers should discuss their
circumstances and proposed flexible
working arrangements with their super-
visors, commanding officers and the
Career Management Agency.
Check out the DGPers-A intranet
website and www.army.gov.au for more
information on flexible work options.
Balancing work and life
Home-based work, variable hours and job-sharing options available under new flexible work environment
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