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Job design and flexibility

Job design includes details such as:

  • how many hours per week the job is for
  • whether the job will be ongoing or short-term
  • where the job will be located
  • what the wage will be
  • whether the job can be completed in a flexible way.


Flexibility with job design

A flexible workplace allows you to work with your employees to decide on hours of work, work location and the way work is carried out. It involves thinking creatively about how working lives can be better structured to match individual and business needs.

Flexible workplace arrangements can assist you and your employees to improve the way your workplace operates. With an ageing population and skills shortages, adopting a flexible approach to work and job design will assist in attracting a diverse workforce including people with disability.

The Western Australian Public Service has the following flexible work arrangements available:

  • flexi-time
  • working part-time
  • self-funded leave
  • employee assistance program – professional counseling service
  • home-based work
  • grandparent leave
  • bereavement leave
  • personal leave for when the employee or their child is ill
  • parental leave (52 weeks total, 14 weeks paid)
  • partner leave (one week)
  • transition to retirement.