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President's statement about flexible working arrangements and unpaid parental leave disputes

09 May 2023

Justice Hatcher, President has issued a statement about 2 new disputes types the Commission will be able to deal with from 6 June 2023. These are disputes relating to requests for:

  • flexible working arrangements, and
  • extension of unpaid parental leave.

Read the President's statement (pdf).

When certain employers and employees cannot agree on a solution at the workplace level, we will be able to deal with a dispute about a request. We may do this by conciliation, mediation, or mandatory arbitration if necessary.

To support these changes we are:

  • creating new forms
  • updating our website guidance, and
  • reviewing existing modern award terms dealing with requests for flexible working arrangements.

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