See your certified agreement, modern award and employment standards for a full list of flexible work options.
Most Queensland Government employees (employees employed under the Public Service Act 2008) can request the following flexible work arrangements.
- Different start and finish times.
- Accrued time (flexi-time, accumulated time)—work more hours than your ordinary daily or weekly hours to use as a full or part-day of leave.
- Aggregated or averaged ordinary hours—work hours varied weekly that add up to your total work hours required by the end of a stated work cycle (e.g. 3 months, 1 year).
- Compressed work hours—work full-time hours, but over less days (e.g. work a 9-day fortnight).
- Part-time work hours—work fixed, fewer than full-time hours, receiving pro-rata full-time benefits (e.g. recreation and sick leave).
- Part-year work—take several weeks or months unpaid leave or extra leave for proportionate salary (e.g. work 8 months a year with a 4-month break made up of recreation leave and leave without pay).
- Casual or on call work—work the hours needed to meet the business needs
- Alternate weeks—work 1 or more weeks on followed by 1 or more weeks off.
- Annualised hours—work an agreed number of ours on a yearly rather than weekly basis.
- Term-time work—work during school terms and take either paid or unpaid time off during school holidays.
- Flexible shifts—work different weekly shifts (e.g 4 shifts week 1 and 6 shifts week 2) that add up to your total work hours required by the end of a stated work cycle.
- Job share—share a role with 1 or more employees (e.g. 2 employees share 1 position and tasks but work different days, or 2 employees share 1 position but take on different aspects of the job).
- Long service or recreation leave at half pay.
- Purchased leave—receive a reduced fortnightly salary over a nominated period to acquire additional recreation leave.
- Special leave without pay for short and long-term absences or career breaks
- Extended leave (e.g. 6 months) without pay or with proportionate salary for personal reasons (e.g. study, extended holidays, help with grandchildren).
- Deferred salary—work for 4 years at 80% of your salary and receive 12 months paid leave the following year.
- Remote work (or telecommuting)—work away from your main workplace (e.g. at home) on set days.
- Distributed work centres—work in a distributed work centre that is different from your primary workplace. These offices can be shared by more than 1 agency and support employees to reduce commute time.
- Hot desks—use another workplace or workstation in your usual workplace or in another building. The desk is shared by multiple employees on different days.
- Virtual teams and neighbourhoods—work across time, space and organisational boundaries. Team members are usually dispersed geographically and come together to work on common projects or activities, or at a common place of work.
Ease out of employment by reducing the number of hours you work, or by changing your responsibilities or employment arrangements.
Reduce your level of responsibility by voluntarily redeploying to a lower classification level (subject to operational requirements and work availability).