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Flexible Working Day 21 June 2017


  • Flexible Working Day’ is being held across Australia on Wednesday 21 June 2017
  • features toolkits for employees and employers
  • Ambassadors include journalists Tracey Spicer and Angela Priestley, sporting champions Kim Brennan and Tom Faulkner, and chief executives and senior leaders from Diversity Council of Australia, GM Holden, Medibank, PwC and other leading companies
Whether you’re an early bird or night owl, ‘Flexible Working Day’ on Wednesday 21 June 2017 is your chance to discover how flexible working arrangements can work for you by joining the national conversation about the full life that can be achieved through flexible working (#FlexWorkFullLife).

For 24 hours, Australian employees and employers from private, government and non-profit sectors will be encouraged to assess their FlexWork maturity level, discuss the benefits of flexible work practices and share their own stories of flexibility – the good and the bad – as part of the first ever national discussion on this important topic.

Activities will include a national conversation via social media championed by flexible working ambassadors including journalists Tracey Spicer and Angela Priestley, sporting champions Kim Brennan and Tom Faulkner, and chief executives and senior leaders from Diversity Council of Australia, GM Holden, Medibank and other leading companies including Lisa Annese, CEO, Diversity Council Australia and Iain McGuire, Partner, PwC.

Vanessa Vanderhoek, the businesswoman taking the lead on advocating for flexible working arrangements by launching ‘Flexible Working Day’, says the conversation will focus on the theme of Flexibility at Work Benefits Everyone, with the aim to increase awareness of the benefits of flexible work and to encourage people, managers and staff alike, to implement flexibility in their workplaces.

Vanessa explained to readers of Women’s Agenda, a partner of #FWDay2017, that even though they may think they know everything about flexible working and don’t need it explained to them, they do need a reminder.

“While many people think flexible working is just for working mums, it’s actually an important consideration for many modern day employees including male and female carers, people with disabilities, people wanting greater worklife balance, and people wanting to pursue side pursuits”.

“Until organisations relinquish the notion of the ‘ideal worker’ and embrace flexibility for everyone and for every reason, we are going to always be faced with what I call ‘flexism’ in the workplace. This Flexible Working Day we invite organisations to utilise the free resources on the website and self-assess their level of FlexWork Maturity – do they have isolated initiatives for only some people, or embrace it as a win-win for everyone and reap the business rewards?,” said Ms Vanderhoek.

Other activities will include employee briefing sessions run by partner organisations, free advice from flexible working experts such as Vanessa Vanderhoek and the FlexCoaches at FlexCareers, and the release of results from a national survey conducted in the leadup to the event. “We invite everyone to make a pledge about how they can better embrace themselves or support others working flexibly – please download the pledge card on the website and share on social media,” said Ms Vanderhoek.

Ambassadors representing this wide range of people interested in flexible working will lead the charge on the day, hosting events within their own organisations, sharing personal stories and photos on social media, and speaking with colleagues about how to make flexible working arrangements work for them.

As well as seeing examples of flexible working in practice shared on the day, Flexible Working Day will see the release of results from a new survey outlining just how flexible Australia is, with data showing that 40 per cent of people would leave a job if they were unable to access flexible working practices when requested.

Flexible Working Day is proudly supported by FlexCareers, The Parenthood and Women’s Agenda.
For more information, visit or join the conversation with #FWDay2017 #FlexWorkFullLife #TackleFlexism


Vanessa Vanderhoek is available for interview. A range of case studies are also available.
Media contact: Jack Walden, or 0428 300 090