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Increasing Workplace Opportunity Through Diverse Parental Options

April 28 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm AEST

Want to challenge your thinking in a space critical to leaders responsible for supporting their people having children?   

Join industry experts Andrew Vink and Natalie Sukic to disrupt preconceived notions and expectations of parental leave and contribute ideas on new ways of offering meaningful parental leave solutions for the modern workforce. 

Parental leave policies affect all Australian parents and every Australian workplace, and without improving engagement options we will not be able to reduce the gender pay gap, nor improve the economic challenges people face when they have a family.  Parental options should be customised to suit not only parents, but also organisations, to ensure both men and women have equal opportunities to develop and progress within their workplace.  

In Australia, those women who return to the workplace after the birth of a child generally return to work within four and 10 months.   In some cases, lack of engagement with their organisations during this time has shown to directly impact a loss in their career projection equivalent to one year per child.  Further, 35% of the women who responded a survey led by Andrew and Natalie said their roles changed or were removed whilst they were on leave creating loss in development, talent and workplace continuity.  

Parent’s careers – particularly women’s – plateauing or regressing after having children due to societal implications and assumptions is still a significant issue in Australian workplaces.  Natalie and Andrew are passionate about reimagining parental leave options as they know it to enable all parents the opportunity and required workplace flexibility to enable further professional development and engagement opportunities whilst on parental leave.  

Be part of this important Forum with a select group of like-minded change agents in operations.  You will have the opportunity to discuss how together we can rethink and change current policies and create customised options to bring parental leave into alignment to what parents need in 2021 and beyond.  

Please register your place to be part of this exciting discussion.  Your participation in this Forum will help us understand: 

  • What your organisation is proactively doing to in the parental leave space and how you currently support your employees 
  • What you would be willing to share with the broader NAWO community with regard to the current policies and hurdles you currently experience 
  • What you would like to see NAWO provide in the way of supporting actions aligned to this presentation 

To ensure your organisation has two places at our virtual table please reply via email to Sharon Grosvenor sgrosvenor@nawo.org.au with your nominated colleagues’ names, titles and email address.

Who should attend this Forum?
People in positions of influence over process, practice or policy for your organisation such as operational team leaders, middle managers, HR business partners, diversity specialists, or members of a relevant special project team.
Places are limited
These Forums are small, targeted and for those ready to share examples of good practice, keen to learn from others and prepared to turn conversation into action. Two representatives from 10 member companies can attend and registrations are taken on a first come first served basis. Your nominated attendees will need to be prepared to contribute, either with case studies showcasing the work your organisation has been doing or with questions on the current challenges relevant to our Forum topic.

NAWO member companies have the option of nominating up to two participants from your business to attend.


April 28
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm AEST
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