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Police officer’s request for a flexible work arrangement denied

The Case

The Police Federation of Australia (Victoria Police Branch) v Chief Commissioner of Police T/A Victoria Police (2022)

In or around October 2021, a constable in the transit safety division of Victoria Police requested to change his shift pattern from five 8-hour shifts each week to four 10-hour shifts per week. This was to accommodate his parenting responsibilities. After consultation, Victoria Police refused the request for the following reasons:

  • it had chronic staff shortages, with 17% of its workforce on various forms of leave at any given time;
  • the constable worked predominantly van shifts and Victoria Police required 156 van shifts per fortnight, but was currently operating with only 120; and
  • there were additional tasking, operations and additional deployments that also required coverage.
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