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Flexible ways of working

With our All In Flex approach, our 40,000 people get to choose how they work every day. We know that our people are juggling responsibilities and priorities outside work that are important to them, such as family, study, learning a new hobby or caring for dependants. And we want to make it easier for them.

After all, work is something you do, not a place you go to. So with that in mind, we aim to provide a wide range of flexible working and leave options to help our people better balance their work and life goals. We encourage regular team-based discussions between team members and their people-leaders to design flexible working solutions that work for the individuals, their team and their customers.

 

Flexibility for everyone

Flexible working has always been supported and encouraged at Westpac Group. We've stepped up that support, establishing the All in Flex policy with the aim of ensuring that all roles across Westpac are able to be performed flexibly, so that flexibility should be possible for everyone.
 

From June 2015, all jobs advertised emphasise the role is open to an experienced candidate seeking a rewarding career and flexible working. If you're short listed, you can start the flexible working conversation with the hiring manager straight away to find out what flexibility options are available for the role you're applying for. If you're already working at Westpac, you can talk through your flexible work options with your manager and team and come up with a solution that suits your role and which meets the needs of your customers. It's that simple.

 

Flexible working options

There are a range of flexible working options our people can choose from based on their needs, work preference and the needs of the business.

For those who prefer not to work 9am-5pm

  • Flexible work hours
    You can choose when you work the required work hours through varying start and finish times. For example, you may want to come in earlier and leave earlier, or come in later and leave work later.

For those who want to work somewhere other than the office

  • Mobile working regularly/occasionally
    You can choose to work from another location, including your home, rather than working from the office. This works well if you're in a role or have tasks that don't require a high level of face-to-face interaction with customers or colleagues.

For those who prefer not to work 5 days a week

  • Working part-time
    You can choose to work part-time either when starting a role, if you're returning from leave, or wanting to make the transition from working full-time.
  • Job sharing
    You can choose to partner up with a colleague to 'share' your role. This usually involves both of you sharing responsibilities for a full-time role so you can work part-time.

Leave options that support flexibility

  • Flexible lifestyle leave
    This offers more choice in how and when you work - can be taken on a paid (through purchased leave) or unpaid basis.
  • Wellbeing and lifestyle leave
    One day of paid leave each year to use for any activity that's important to you, whether that's moving house, helping out in the community etc.
  • Purchased leave
    You can buy up to 12 weeks of extra annual leave as a salary sacrifice. Any purchased leave not taken is reimbursed.
  • Career break
    You can take up to 12 months paid leave (salary sacrificed over four years) or between 3 and 12 months unpaid leave to meet responsibilities at home, travel, study or do whatever is important to you.
  • Leave without pay
    You may need to take a short time away from work even though you have used up all your paid leave.
  • Transition to retirement support
    Offers flexible working arrangements in your existing role or a new role while you transition to retirement, as well as three days of paid leave during this time to pursue activities related to your retirement.
  • Domestic violence support leave
    10 days of leave for employees experiencing domestic violence or for carers supporting loved ones.
  • Sporting leave
    If you participate in sport at an international, national or state level you may be entitled to some paid leave to attend training and to compete in sporting events.
  • Long service leave
    Our long service leave is flexible - allowing you to take a day at a time, a day each week or a month or more in one block, after 10 years of service.
  • Annual leave
    As an employee you will receive 4 weeks paid annual leave for each year of service.

Looking after children or other dependants

  • Parental leave
    These options are available to you whether you're looking to have a baby or adopting.
    • Parental leave of 2 years (including 13 weeks paid parental leave)
    • Paid parental leave flexibly, which means you can share the care of your child with your partner
    • Superannuation on up to two years' unpaid parental in addition to existing parental leave entitlements of 13 weeks superannuation and 13 weeks full pay.
  • Grandparental leave
    If you're a grandparent, you can take up to 52 weeks unpaid grandparental leave to be the child's primary caregiver up to their second birthday.
  • Carers leave
    You can take this leave when someone in your family or home is sick or hurt or needs your care during an emergency.

Meeting our people's demand for flexibility

  • 71% of Westpac Group employees work flexibly
  • 83% of employees support flexible working in their teams
  • 92% of employees believe working flexibly can effectively deliver customers' needs
  • 89% of employees would like to work flexibly by 2017
  • 73% of employees who are carers work flexibly*

* Source 2014 Westpac Group Diversity and Flexibility and 2015 Pulse Survey

 

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