Flexible Work for the Teaching Service is available on the Policy and Advisory Library at: Flexible Work - Teaching Service
The Department's Flexible Work policy reflects the Victorian Government Flexible Work policy. Under the policy, flexibility is the default position, with all employees supported to have some form of flexibility.
The Flexible Work policy applies to VPS employees. Policies and guidance for school staff can be found on the Flexible Work – Teaching Service page, linked at the top of this page.
A series of guidance notes have been developed at the whole of Victorian Government level to support implementation of the Victorian Government Flexible Work policy across departments and agencies.
Guidance Note 1 shifts the pre-pandemic starting position of five days a week in a primary office location to a starting position of three days, acknowledging that the majority of staff worked remotely full-time during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Guidance Note 1 has also been revised to include suburban hubs as part of the three days. Visit the VPSC's flexible work page to read the Victorian Secretaries' Board guidance note on expectations of working days and review the Whole of Victorian Government Frequently Asked Questions on Guidance Note 1 via the link below.
Guidance Note 2 established the whole of Victorian Government position on interstate or international remote working for Victoria Public Service (VPS) office-based employees. Employees may be supported to temporarily work interstate for up to three months within a 12-month period in some circumstances however, employees will not be supported to work from an international location. Visit the VPSC's flexible work page to read the Victorian Secretaries' Board guidance not regarding work locations.
The VPSC also released a statement on workplace adjustments as a reminder that the Flexible Work Policy does not affect the right of an employee with disability to reasonable workplace adjustments and of the importance of ensuring employees with disability continue to be provided reasonable adjustments and are well supported.
- Statement on Workplace Adjustments for employees with a disability (WORD)
Managers should continue to openly discuss with their teams what types of flexibility will support the delivery of business objectives while supporting staff preferences and recapturing the benefits of spending face to face time with colleagues, including mentoring and networking opportunities.
Flexible Work Agreements
Existing flexible work agreements can continue as normal. The new policy presents a good opportunity for managers and staff to review existing arrangements to confirm them or discuss improvements.
Flexible work arrangements should align to the policy principles and be agreed between the manager, relevant executive and the employee with the arrangement being mutually acceptable. Requests for flexible work arrangements can only be refused on reasonable business grounds.
There are a range of resources available to help managers and employees navigate flexible and hybrid ways of working provided below.
Policy, Guidelines & Forms