26 September 2023

ACT looking at 4-day working week

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Canberrans have been invited to share their opinions on how a four-day working week would work for the Territory with the Legislative Assembly launching a survey to gather feedback.

Calling for public input, the Assembly’s Standing Committee on Economy and Gender and Economic Equality said a survey it has adopted would assist with its Inquiry into the Future of the Working Week.

“The Assembly is looking into the future of the working week,” the Standing Committee said.

“Our main focus is on what a four-day work week would look like and whether it is the future of work,” it said.

“Interested members of the public are encouraged to complete the survey, which will enable the Committee to understand Canberran’s views on this important subject.”

The Committee said the survey consisted of 17 questions covering support for a four-day week, approaches to pay and conditions, and the possible advantages of implementing a shortened work week such as more time for carer responsibilities, increased productivity and a better work/life balance.

It’s also seeking feedback on disadvantages of a four-day working week relating to organisational difficulties, reduced interaction between colleagues, and the cost to businesses.

The survey outlines potential models for the week, including working less days a week but the same overall hours or working fewer days a week and fewer overall hours.

The Committee said the survey would be open until 5pm on 28 October.

“If you have more to say, you can email a submission to us,” it said.

The Committee’s four-minute Inquiry survey can be accessed at this PS News link and information on how to make a submission at this link.

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