The Government has announced a review of Australias national Paid Parental Leave scheme.
Australias first national Paid Parental Leave scheme was introduced on 1 January 2011. The scheme provides eligible working parents with government-funded pay when they take time off from work to care for a newborn or recently adopted child.
There are two payments under the scheme:
Parental Leave Pay which has been providing up to 18 weeks pay at the rate of the national minimum wage to eligible primary carers (usually mothers) since 1 January 2011.
Dad and Partner Pay which provides up to two weeks pay at the rate of the national minimum wage to eligible dads or partners caring for a child born or adopted from 1 January 2013.
Since the scheme started in January 2011, more than 250,000 working parents have claimed Parental Leave Pay.
The Government is undertaking the review to ensure the scheme is operating effectively. The review began in January 2013 and is expected to be finalised by the end of the year.
A public submission process will start shortly to ensure the views of parents, employers, peak bodies and representative groups, and the broader community, can be taken into account.
You may also wish to promote the review to your colleagues, members, other organisations, parents, prospective parents and employers.
Visit the Paid Parental Leave review web page for more information about the review, including the Terms of Reference. The web page will be updated throughout the review, including when the public consultation period begins.
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