6342.0.80.002 - Flexible Working Arrangements in Queensland, Oct 2010 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/07/2011   
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6 July, 2011
Embargoed: 11.30 am (Canberra time)

1.1 million Queenslanders use some form of flexible working arrangements

Over 1 million Queensland employees used some form of flexible working arrangements in their main job, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

People who work in the government sector made greater use of flexible working arrangements than their colleagues in the private sector, with 67% of government sector employees using some form of flexible working arrangement in the last year compared with 56% of private sector employees.

Significantly more people working in the government sector reported being able to choose their start and finish times and choose when to take annual leave than their private sector counterparts. Commonwealth Government employees used more flexible working arrangements than state and local Government employees.

The driving force for Queenslanders wanting to work more hours were for financial reasons. However, lifestyle reasons were the main reason given for those wanting to work fewer hours.

Further information is available in Flexible Working Arrangements in Queensland (cat. no. 6342.0.80.002).