Posted on 24. Jun, 2010 in Clayton Update

Monash University has won consecutive Fair and Flexible Employer Recognition awards offered by the Victorian Government for providing best practice, fair and flexible working conditions.

The Member for Clayton, Hong Lim, today congratulated the university, which was one of 27 organisations recently recognised by the Minister for Industrial Relations, Martin Pakula, for being at the forefront of implementing fair and flexible workplace policies and practices.

Of the 27 recipients, 20 organisations have received special commendation awards for providing an innovative range of flexible programs and policies in their workplaces. Seven organisations have been recognised for their commitment to family friendly workplace practices.”

Special commendations were given to: ACER, Baker and McKenzie, Benetas, the Building Commission, City of Melbourne, Civic Home Timber and Hardware Colac, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Country Road, DASSI, Hobsons Bay City Council, IBM Australia, KPMG, Maddocks, Manningham City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Mercy Health, Villa Maria, Vision Australia, Western Region Health Centre and Yarra Ranges Shire Council.

The seven organisations also recognised are: Child and Family Services Ballarat, ConnectEast, Dairy Food Safety Victoria, Maroondah Halfway House, Monash University, Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, and the YMCA.

Mr Lim said with more than 56,000 students and 15,000 staff spread across six campuses in Victoria and three sites internationally, Monash has long appreciated that fair and flexible workplace initiatives were critical to its ongoing success.

“Since adopting a Work Life Strategy in 2001, the university has found flexible working arrangements attract high quality staff and retain satisfied, productive employees.

“Monash is proud of its Employer of Choice for Women status and reports that there is minimal pay difference between male and female staff at each salary level.

“The 27 organisations offer many initiatives including flexible leave packages, paid and unpaid parental leave, pre-natal leave for medical appointments, adoption leave, carer’s leave, leave without pay and religious, ceremonial and cultural leave.

“The Victorian Government is committed to promoting policies and encouraging practices which make life easier for working families. That’s why we set up the Working Families Council in August 2007, which is promoting corporate role models who have successfully introduced initiatives to assist working families,” Mr Lim said.

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