WORKING CONDITIONS TO ASSIST IN MEETING FAMILY OR COMMUNITY COMMITMENTS
In 2010, 6.2 million people aged 18 years or over had family or community commitments. These commitments included looking after children or other family members, volunteering or participating in community activities. In order to meet these commitments, employed persons were asked whether they had access to any work conditions that might help them to juggle their responsibilities. Types of conditions included various forms of paid or unpaid leave, part-time work, working from home or flexible hours, with some people having access to more than one type of employment condition.
Of employed persons aged 18 years or over, 60% of women and 55% of men reported family or community commitments. Women employed part-time were more likely to have family or community commitments than those employed full-time (68% and 53% respectively). Conversely, men employed full-time were more likely to have family or community commitments than those employed part-time (56% and 47% respectively).
Most employed people who had family or community commitments (92%) had employment conditions available to meet their family and other community obligations. The most commonly available employment conditions were paid annual holiday or recreational leave (52%), flexible working hours (52%), sick leave (50%) and unpaid leave (43%). Carer's leave or long service leave were both available to 38% of employed people who had family or community commitments to assist in meeting those commitments (table 32).