Flexible working is where an employee has a variation on how long, when or where they work.
Common examples of flexible working are:
There are many different types of flexible working arrangements, the critical step is to identify the arrangement which will work best for you, and best for your employer.
Source and additional information: https://www.fairwork.gov.au/how-we-will-help/templates-and-guides/best-practice-guides/the-right-to-request-flexible-working-arrangements
Permanent (full time or part time) employees who have worked for the same employer for at least 12 months are entitled to submit a request for a flexible working arrangement, if they:
When considering your request for a flexible working arrangement, be very thorough in your review to identify the type of arrangement which will give you the flexibility you are looking for.
Identify two different flexible working options which will assist you - your employer isn't automatically required to approve your request, so having two options shows some flexibility/compromise on your part which may assist with the negotiation process. Remember that the work still needs to get done, so the solution needs to be practical and manageable.
Companies are increasingly establishing policies on flexible working, so it is best in the first instance, to check whether your company has a policy on flexible working. The policy will outline how the company's position in relation to flexible working, as well as the process for submitting a flexible working request, and the process the company will follow to review your application.
Additional information can be found on the Fair Work Ombudsman website: https://www.fairwork.gov.au/employee-entitlements/flexibility-in-the-workplace/flexible-working-arrangements