ANZ Bank has introduced six weeks of paid gender affirmation leave, and up to 12 months’ unpaid leave, to its employees in New Zealand and Australia.
The leave will cover circumstances where staff are taking steps to affirm their gender, including social, medical, and legal gender affirmation.
ANZ NZ Head of Talent and Culture, Michelle Russell, said ANZ was committed to the LGBTIQ+ community and creating an inclusive workplace.
“We believe in the strength of a diverse and inclusive workplace and the backgrounds, perspectives and experiences of our staff play a huge part in this.
“Everyone at ANZ should be free to be themselves at work, when you support gender diversity you embrace the experiences of everyone,” Ms Russell said.
The six weeks of paid leave will mean that people who are affirming their gender do not need to exhaust their annual or sick leave entitlements while also easing some of the financial pressures.
ANZ said there are many ways individuals may affirm their gender and the purpose of gender affirmation leave is to support employees through their own journey.