Members from the ACT's parliament will explore the prospect of a four-day working week.
The Assembly's committee on economy and gender and economic equality will examine the possibility as part of an inquiry into the future of the working week.
It would look at the advantages and disadvantages of a shorter working week, alongside transition challenges and implementation of a four-day week across different sectors and industries.
The inquiry comes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has spurred conversations around the future of the working week and flexible working arrangements.
"With the COVID-19 pandemic we saw flexible work arrangements and anecdotal and other results have shown there has been an increase in productivity," Committee chair Nicole Lawder said.
"So what we take from that is that we can look at other working arrangements."
Ms Lawder said questions around the future of the working week were often concerned with the time spent at work.
"Questions about the amount of time we spend at work are often couched in the context of decreased time at work, in the form of a shorter working week - such as, a four-day work week," she said.
As part of the inquiry, the committee is calling for public submissions with public hearings expected to be held later this year. A discussion paper has also been released.
"What we want to do is hear from members of the public, employers, unions, and anyone with an interest in this topic to help the committee formulate the results of the inquiry," Ms Lawder said.
The committee does not yet have a view on a four-day working week and Ms Lawder said the committee expected to hear both pros and cons.
"On one hand, a negative view may see it as costly and unaffordable, difficult to implement in some industries and sectors and unrealistic," she said.
"On the other hand, there are arguments for working fewer hours. Some are economic. Some are about health and wellbeing, environmental sustainability and stronger communities. Some have to do with equity and equality."
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Labor backbencher Suzanne Orr and Greens crossbencher Johnathan Davis also sit on the committee.
"I'm really excited about hearing from the community and working with my committee colleagues to investigate what Canberrans learned through the Covid pandemic," Mr Davis said.
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