Working from home offers opportunities to improve the lives of many workers – reducing travel time, more ability to manage work and family, and greater flexibility and autonomy.

There are also emerging risks: the impact on work life balance, the threat of doing more unpaid hours across a much longer working day, not having control of working hours, working expenses being borne by the employee, and the potential impact on mental health.

The ACTU believes that whether workers are at their office desk or kitchen table they should have rights and entitlements to share productivity gains, a safe and health work environment and the ability to draw a line between work and life.

The following Working from Home Charter is what Australian Unions believe will make the experience of working from home better, safer and a more positive experience for working people.