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Reasonable business grounds to refuse flexible work arrangements

In accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009, managers and supervisors are required to provide a response to the employee within 21 days of receipt of the Variation of Work Arrangements Request form.

Reasonable business grounds for refusing a request for flexible work arrangements, may include, but are not limited to:

  • that the proposed work arrangements requested by the employee would be too costly for the employer
  • that there is no capacity to change the working arrangement of other employees, or recruit new employees to accommodate the new working arrangements requested by the employee;
  • it would be impractical to change the working arrangements of other employees, or recruit new employees, to accommodate the new working arrangements requested by the employee;
  • that the proposed working arrangement requested by the employee would be likely to result in a significant loss to the efficiency or productivity of the University;
  • that the proposed working arrangements requested by the employee would be likely to have a significant negative impact on the service provided to students and University clients.