Big change for Qantas staff as it revises uniform rules so make-up and heels are no longer required – and man-buns are now allowed
- Qantas revises strict uniform rules for ‘comfort’ and ‘practicality’
- Rules for women wearing heels and men with short hair were relaxed
- The staff may also wear clear glasses and colorful nail polish
Qantas has scrapped some of the strict rules of what its employees wear in the airline’s biggest overhaul of its clothing policy in 10 years.
Uniformed female employees at Qantas and Jetstar can choose to go without makeup and wear flats instead of heels – while male employees can grow longer hair.
It comes after Qantas undertook a comprehensive review of its uniform policy after facing pressure from the Australian Services Union.
The ASU last year urged the airline to scrap its rules requiring female employees to wear makeup, heels and stockings.
The current uniform worn by airport staff, flight attendants and pilots will not be changed, but the uniform names for “male and female” will be dropped.
Qantas’ dress code changes come after the airline extensively revised its uniform policy after facing pressure from the Australian Services Union
In its latest move, Qantas has allowed its female employees to wear flats instead of heels and they won’t have to wear makeup either (pictured, a stock photo)
They will instead be called uniform “capsules” specifying which pieces can be worn together, along with grooming and makeup requirements.
In its latest move, Qantas has allowed its female employees to wear flats instead of heels and they will also not have to wear make-up.
Other rules that should be relaxed include allowing staff to wear colorful nail polish, diamond earrings, large watches and even Fitbits while on duty.
Men and women can also grow their hair long if they keep it neatly in a bun, ponytail or braided corn rows.
But the rules still in place include requiring staff to cover tattoos, while stockings are still required for women if they are wearing a dress or skirt.
A Qantas spokesman said the changes will make the uniforms more comfortable and practical for staff.
Fashion changes, and so do our style guidelines over the years.
Other rules to be relaxed include allowing airline staff (pictured) to wear colorful nail polish, diamond earrings, large watches, and even Fitbits while on duty
Until now, female cabin crew had to wear heels with a dress or skirt (pictured, a range of Qantas uniforms over the years)
The Australian Services Union last year urged Qantas to scrap its rules requiring female employees to wear make-up, heels and stockings
“We are proud of our diversity and in addition to updating our guidelines, these changes will make wearing our uniform more comfortable and practical.
Our iconic uniforms are loved all over the world – and they don’t change. Our customers will continue to see the same high standards of care and attention to detail that Qantas and Jetstar are known for.”
The most recent cabin crew uniform in black, white, ‘ruby red and fuchsia pink’ was introduced in 2013 – and was designed by Paris-based Australian Martin Grant.
Until now, female cabin crew members were required to wear heels with a dress or skirt, while men were only allowed to have short hair and were not allowed to wear make-up or jewellery.
All crew members were also prohibited from wearing clear-frame sports glasses.
Qantas and Jetstar uniform changes
What has changed
Flat shoes can be worn with all uniforms.
All employees may wear long hair in a low ponytail or bun, and all work groups may wear a mid-ear ponytail or rows of corn (excluding flight crew for safety reasons).
We’ve also clarified guidelines for people with curly hair and guidelines for employees with cultural or religious style preferences.
All employees can now wear the same jewellery, including watches.
Diamond earrings can now be worn.
All employees now have the choice to wear make-up or not.
Clear spectacle frames can now be worn.
What hasn’t changed
The uniform has not changed.
Tattoos should still be hidden.
Stockings are still required with dress or skirt.
Name badges (first name only).
The update also introduces uniform “capsules,” which specify which uniform pieces can be worn together, along with grooming and makeup requirements.
These replace previously designated male and female uniform sets.