Options to balance work and Term 2 school arrangements

We recognise that many of our employees at Monash Health perform key frontline roles that cannot be carried out at home, and therefore the changes to the school operations will have an impact. For others, there may be more flexibility with the ability to continue their duties at home. Please read the information below carefully so that you understand your leave entitlements during this time.

Schools returned recently following the Victorian Government’s announcement that Term 2 will include ‘flexible and remote learning’. However, schools will still be open and offer on-site supervised online learning for children of essential services employees who cannot work from home. Health care workers can send their children to school for supervised online learning if you cannot work from home.

We may be able to consider working from home arrangements if they are practical and appropriate.

If you are unable to work your full shift because a before or after-school care program is closed, you may take your accrued annual leave or long service leave. You may also wish to apply for flexible working arrangements per your Enterprise Agreement. On a case-by-case basis, carer’s leave may be available per your Enterprise Agreement.

If your children are learning at home, you may choose to speak to your manager about temporary, flexible working arrangements to help you balance work with your children’s school arrangements. For example, arrangements could include temporary changes to your work hours, such as working in blocks, working shorter hours over more days, or reducing your hours.

Special leave is available in limited circumstances only. Special leave does not apply where:

  • Your child or children have access to on-site learning at their school, but you choose not to send them to school. You should speak to your manager about taking annual leave or long service leave.
  • Another member of your household is present to care for your child or children.
  • You elect to use accrued personal/carer’s leave per your relevant Enterprise Agreement.
  • It is the school holidays.

Find learning from home support from the Department of Education and Training here.

Authorised by Karen Lowe, Director of People and Culture 17 April 2020

Signed off by HICT 17 April 2020


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