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Grace Papers is designed for working parents and caregivers, by working parents and caregivers. We are here to provide you with support, knowledge and confidence – and a vision and plan – for your career ambition, that still gives you the freedom to care for self, care for others and care for the community.

Learn more about how we support parents and carers via our Employee Experience Platform.

Research shows that taking parental leave and working flexibly can expose you to unintended biases that can impact your career goals. It’s a systemic issue, but our strategies, guidance and support ensure you keep in touch and remain visible to keep your career on track.

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2020 has disproportionately impacted women in the workforce - so can we tackle gendered expectations at work and home?

Neuroscientist and author, Dr. Sarah McKay, debunks the ‘baby brain’ myth and explains how mothers can use neuroscience to empower themselves.

Spatial Data Analyst at TransGrid, Michael Lowe, shares what he’s learned about flexibility, his parenting legacy, and the art of knowing when to stop listening to unsolicited advice.

In a time of economic precarity and global uncertainty it only becomes more uncomfortable to announce you’re expecting. Here, we reveal our top tips to navigating ‘the conversation’ with your boss.

General Manager of Foodco at Woolworths, Adam Mitchell, shares what he’s learned about balancing career and care, raising boys to embody healthy masculinity, and trusting his team to do the right thing.

To renew our energy for the remainder of what has simply been an extraordinary year, we spoke to APAC Inclusion and Diversity Leader at Amazon Web Services, Lauren Jauncey, and Grace Papers executive coach, Amanda Meehan, about how to create a professional vision for the future and why it’s important to have one.

While conversations around women’s health have improved, stigma around pregnancy and miscarriage remains. There is still so much we cannot control around our fertility, however, we can educate ourselves on the facts. Here, we clear up the common fertility myths.

Dr. Emma Fulu appeared to have it all. An international career working for the United Nations, a happy marriage, three children. She was doing what she loved. Her life appeared perfect on paper, but reality told a different story. She didn’t last a year before she “totally and utterly burnt out”.

As we attempt to thrive - not just survive - in the juggle that is 2020, Grace Papers reveals some small rituals of connection that will have a big impact for parents and children in (or out) of lockdown.

This session put gender stereotypes on the chopping block, exploring the notion of healthy masculinity and how dads can actively dismantle gender inequality through engagement in the household.

You are invited to take part in this short survey to better understand the needs and experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) parents. Your responses to this survey will inform a research report that outlines how organisations can ensure their policy, practice and programs are inclusive of all parents.

'People should just be grateful to have a job,' is the phrase I repeatedly hear when I’ve raised this issue in the past couple of months. Respectfully, I disagree, and believe this type of thinking can further exaggerate gender inequality at work and home, so today, equal pay day, is another reminder to #KeepMindingTheGap.

A review of the public discourse on sexual harassment over the past 2 weeks reveals deep-seeded disrespect for women, alarmingly, amongst leaders. We welcome the Respect@Work recommendations, but see an opportunity for one improvement: the case for mandatory reporting by 'Officers’.

All Roles flex has long been heralded as the holy grail of gender equality. And with good reason - it increases female participation in the workforce and aids work life balance. Yet workplaces have struggled, until recently, to mainstream it effectively, with many managers acting as the flexibility gatekeepers for those (primarily working mothers) seeking to balance their paid work with their [unpaid] caring responsibilities.

The stories of racial discrimination that we see here and overseas, serve as a reminder of the responsibilities that come with our unearned privilege. Right now, that responsibility starts with -dadirri - deep listening, out of respect.

Live Coaching

Our live coaching events help our community connect and find their voice on issues that matter. Sessions are virtual and feature an inspiring range of professionals and industry leaders who share both their expertise and lived experience, as we address everything from career and care to health and happiness. Best of all, the coaching format invites you to ask your questions too.

If you would like to join us for a live coaching session, please submit your request below and we will be in touch with steps to register.

“I really appreciated the chance to participate in recent Grace Papers online events. It felt like an opportunity to celebrate the workplace flexibility that was being simultaneously experienced by all the participants as a result of the COVID restrictions at the time. Grace Papers and its program has always provided me with the reassurance that ‘I am not alone’ and given me strength to really consider what I want my work to look like after having children.

From these recent events, the question of ‘what sparks joy in your role’ really struck a chord with me. I’ve also thought a lot more about the rituals in my life that are important to me and how best to work with those around me to communicate my needs. It encouraged me to ponder the value of the softer leadership skills in today’s world. I have also thought a lot more about the role models and potential sponsors in my life that can further assist me in working towards a fulfilling return to work.”

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Elspeth DeFanti

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Victoria

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