Challenging the myths about flexible work in the ADF

Cathcart, Abby, McDonald, Paula K., & Grant-Smith, Deanna (2014) Challenging the myths about flexible work in the ADF. Australian Defence Force Journal, 95, pp. 55-68.

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Abstract

In May 2011, the Minister for Defence requested a review into the treatment of women in the ADF following allegations of inappropriate conduct at the Australian Defence Force Academy. The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) initiated the review under the leadership of the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, who challenged the ADF to improve its culture and build a more inclusive environment for its members. The need for flexible work arrangements (FWAs) emerged as a central issue in the review, not least as a mechanism for improving the recruitment and retention of women in the ADF. The review, and its subsequent audit report, concluded that flexibility would strengthen the ADF but that there were cultural and structural obstacles.

This article addresses the uptake of formal and informal FWAs in the ADF. The study is part of an Australian Research Council funded project, led by Queensland University of Technology, which addresses how the timing, location and tasks of work are negotiated in exchanges between managers and employees.

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ID Code: 78969
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Flexible Work, ADF, Australian Defense Force
ISSN: 1320-2545
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Department of Defence, Australia
Deposited On: 30 Nov 2014 22:13
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2014 23:43

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