The photos celebrated special moments between these dads and their families, and the positive impact our enhanced flexible parental leave policy has had on them.

Investing in parenthood

We’re proud to take the lead with an approach to parental leave that gives all parents more flexibility and choice in caring for their family.

In 2019, we improved our parental leave policy by:

  • Removing maternity, paternity, primary carer or secondary carer labels (it’s simply called ‘parental leave’)
  • Introducing the option to take leave over the first 36 months after the arrival of a child, in three flexible ways, including on a part-time weekly basis
  • Continuing superannuation contributions for employees taking unpaid parental leave
  • Giving our people the option to take leave at the same time as their co-parent
  • Changing the eligibility for paid parental leave to take effect from the time our people start at Deloitte, subject to their successful probation.

We’re proud to find interesting ways to encourage more conversations about parental leave. One way we do this is through our Deloitte Dads photo exhibition, a first of its kind for Deloitte Australia, which featured 11 fathers who took parental leave when their children arrived. The photos celebrated special moments between these dads and their families, and the positive impact our enhanced flexible parental leave policy has had on them.

The aim of the exhibition, which toured all Deloitte offices nationally from April 2019 onwards, was to advance the conversation about equal access to parental leave, and to challenge longheld gender stereotypes in Australian society and the workplace.

We believe being a great parent isn’t defined by your gender, and nor should anyone’s ability to take parental leave.

First of its kind Deloitte Dads photo exhibition toured Deloitte Australia.

Invictus Games, Access and Inclusion

We aim to remove any existing barriers for people with disability within our workplace, and to eliminate ambiguity and commonly held misconceptions about disability. In December 2018, we launched our firm’s first Access and Inclusion Plan to help us create a more inclusive environment for our people who have, or may be affected by, disability.

Our Access and Inclusion Plan was influenced and supported by stories from our people about injury, illness and disability, which they told during the time of the Deloitte-supported 2018 Invictus Games (IG2018) in Sydney. By sharing these stories across the firm, we hoped to create a safe environment for others and to help dispel misinformation and stigma associated with disability.

The Invictus Games is an international multi-sport event for wounded, injured and ill service personnel and veterans. As a proud founding partner of IG2018, staged in late October 2018, we sought to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to making an impact that matters, to inclusion in all its forms, and to physical and mental wellbeing.

A Deloitte gift that also gave to 2,500 women in refuges

In December 2018, we collaborated with Two Good Co. – a social enterprise that supplies food, support and training to victims of domestic violence in Australia – by providing a Two Good Co. toiletry product as our ‘end-of-year gift’ to our partners and employees. The gift promoted awareness of Two Good Co.’s great work and provided personal toiletries to 2,500 women in Australian domestic and family abuse shelters.

As our CEO Richard Deutsch said: “The end of year is always a great time for reflection. I often think about what has made me proud, about any challenges we’ve overcome, what I’ve learned, what new connection I have made and most of all, what I’m grateful for. I chose this gift because it symbolises gratitude. I’m really pleased that 2,500 women in refuges around Australia will also receive this gift, courtesy of Deloitte. It’s great we can make this happen.”

2,500

The gift promoted awareness of Two Good Co.’s great work and provided personal toiletries to 2,500 women in Australian domestic and family abuse shelters.

A gift with impact.

Forging new pathways through mentoring

The Deloitte Foundation introduced a full new suite of mentoring opportunities to provide mentees as well as our people with professional and personal development experiences through Oxfam, CanTeen, Many Rivers, The Smith Family, City East Community College and the Kaleidoscope Initiative. Mentoring may be face to face or virtual. Mentees include not for profit professionals, secondary school students, skilled migrants and refugees, and young people with cancer.

Deloitte Australia regards mentoring as elemental to leadership development because of how it allows our people to use their skills to help others, while exposing them to new networks and life experiences.

“It definitely improved my active listening skills and my understanding of how to help a mentee navigate the Australian employment landscape,” said Deloitte mentor Tam Schafer. “It was also incredibly rewarding to see my mentee succeed, after initial setbacks, in her new country.”

Deloitte mentor Thomas Smolenaers with Oxfam mentee Gladys Le Masson