Hosted by Westpac.

Flexible work in Australia has long been a practice of both contention and aspiration.  Moreover, with an increasing focus on the value of inclusion, gender equality, shifting age dynamics and the availability of technology, notions of where and when work happens are also changing.  Many employers, in a range of industries, are faced with the challenge of enabling more flexible ways of working, while seemingly retaining older models of face-time and long hours in the office, restricting flexible work options to certain requirements like parenting. Others are boldly piloting and adopting approaches that allow access to flexibility for everyone, in every role, for any reason.

Join us for a convening breakfast event for Catalyst Supporter organisations, hosted by Westpac.

The conversation will focus on how Australian organisations are encouraging flexible ways of working and realizing sustainable benefits for their people and their businesses, across a range of industry sectors, role types, and commercial contexts. Catalyst research and resources on flexibility in the workplace and inclusive work environments will be highlighted, and we will discuss the intersection between flexible work and inclusion, based around the recently launched Discussion Paper by Troy Roderick, Policy Lab Fellow at the University of Sydney, and Ambassador to Catalyst. The paper features Westpac’s “All in Flex” initiative, among others. Westpac, PwC, Medibank and Crown Melbourne will be invited to participate in a panel discussion on their approaches to making flexible work mainstream.


  • Troy Roderick, Executive Ambassador, Catalyst Australia

  • Bianca Patterson, Head of Corporate Banking VIC &SA, Westpac Institutional Bank

  • Dorothy Hisgrove, Chief People Officer, PwC Australia

  • Melissa Wong, General Manager, Talent, Culture & Capability, Medibank

  • Penny Rush, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Aurecon

  • Alicia Gleeson, Executive General Manager - Human Resources, Crown Melbourne Limited

  • Virginia Matthews, Director Culture, Diversity and Organisational Development, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

2 Reader Comments

Sonja Ruddock says:
12/3/2018 07:23:57

Thanks Troy and panel for a great session this morning - a wonderful introduction to Catalyst and the work you are doing.

Marie Crozier-Durham says:
12/4/2018 12:29:45

My thanks- an excellent, thought - and hopefully action - provoking session.
Marie Crozier-Durham

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