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Taxpayers to fund ABC staff gender transitions


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Employees at the ABC may soon be offered time off for “gender transition” under a proposed new enterprise bargaining agreement.

In what would be a landmark move for a taxpayer-funded organisation, the national broadcaster is considering offering an unspecified amount of paid leave for any employee undergoing gender reassignment.

It is understood an extended amount of unpaid leave will also be offered.

In a memo circulated to ABC staff on Tuesday last week, a number of new amendments were listed as part of the broadcaster’s negotiations with the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and the Media and Arts Alliance (MEAA) in relation to a proposed new enterprise agreement.

Among them was a proposal listed under “enhanced entitlements: which includes a casual conversion clause and “gender transition leave”.

Also proposed; a pay rise of 1.5 per cent.

If approved it could make the ABC one the first government-funded organisations in Australia to offer time off for gender transitioning.

An ABC spokesperson said the policy was not unique.

“The ABC is proud to support diversity and inclusion in our workforce, including supporting the LGBTIQ community, and we would be pleased to have this in our EA,” they said.

“This type of initiative is by no means unique — companies that have transition policies in place include IBM, Accenture, ANZ, Westpac and Deakin University.”