Workplace Flexibility in the ADF: anathema or panacea?

Emma Wensing

Discussions about ‘flexible work’ in Defence have brought with it questions about what ‘work’, rather than ‘service’, looks like within the organisation. Yet what ‘flexibility’ means for Navy, Army and Air Force members, what ‘flexible work’ looks like, and what its implications are for capability remain contested. Assessing members’ understanding of flexibility and members’ consideration and access to specific individual flexible work practices is a base-lining activity that provides a foundation to inform the way workplace flexibility is further developed and practised within the ADF. This article presents empirical evidence from one component of the ‘Workforce and Work Design Analysis’ research project undertaken by Project SUAKIN as part of a larger workforce reform project.