Work from home

Before you apply, discuss your request to work from home (WFH) with your manager.

Working from home is not available to all staff.

Your manager will consider operational and your job role before endorsing.

Flexible work arrangements must work for everyone.

You should also check your enterprise agreement.

Who can work from home

Full-time or part-time employees are eligible to apply.

WFH is most suitable to positions that have:

  • a high degree of autonomy
  • low interaction with internal and external clients
  • clearly defined work objectives.

Working from home will depend on the following:

  • your job and agency requirements
  • delivery of services to the public
  • accessing technology remotely.

When you can't

You can't WFH if:

  • your job, or parts of your job can't be performed outside the workplace
  • you are needed at the workplace to perform other essential work.

WFH may not be suitable for employees who are:

  • on a return to work program
  • within their probation period.

Your agency will decide which employees can WFH and in what circumstances.

You must get approval before you start working from home.

Find out how to get approval to WFH from your manager or DCDD Workforce Services.

Your manager will confirm when and how long your can WFH.

When working from home the same conditions apply as working in the office. You must comply with:

  • legislation
  • NTPS Code of Conduct
  • conditions of employment
  • work health and safety
  • security requirements.

You may be asked to return to the workplace if required.

Follow the below steps to apply.

If your agency doesn't have a work from home agreement, use the one below.

If you work for the Northern Territory Government, you can check NTG Central and search 'work from home'.

Step 1. Read the guideline.

work from home guideline PDF (127.1 KB)
work from home guideline DOCX (58.2 KB)

Step 2. Complete the agreement and self assessment checklist.

work from home agreement PDF (188.3 KB)
work from home agreement DOCX (72.4 KB)

Only the chief executive officer can refuse a request to WFH from employees under the following agreements:

  • 2021 - 2025 Jacana Energy Enterprise Agreement
  • NTPS 2021 - 2025 Enterprise Agreement.

There are a variety of ways you can connect and work.

Read the tips for employees working at home.

Once your application is approved, you may need to arrange the following:

  • a government issued computer such as a laptop
  • remote access to government network services
  • software installation such as Skype for Business or video conference facilities like MS Teams.

If you work for Northern Territory Government, find this information on NTG Central and search for 'work from home'.

Find out how to stay in touch:

If you need to care for someone while working from home, you must discuss your caring requirements with your manager or supervisor.

How much care is needed will determine if working from home is suitable for you.

There are options available to you such as:

  • WFH for part of the day and apply for recreation leave for the rest
  • taking personal leave to care for an ill or injured dependent.

WFH is not a suitable substitute for carers leave.

You are not automatically entitled to it.

You may be eligible to claim a taxation deduction for expenses relating to working from home.

Find out more about deductions you can claim for home office expenses on the Australian Government's Australian Taxation Office website.

An approved WFH agreement is not transferable.

Should you wish to continue to WFH, you must:

  • discuss your proposed WFH arrangement with your new manager, and if endorsed
  • submit a new flexible work arrangement application.

Last updated: 28 September 2022

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