We’re reviewing the Paid Parental Leave scheme. Have your say!
Terms of Reference [250KB]
Terms of Reference [37KB]
Discussion Paper [515KB]
Discussion Paper [48KB]
The Australian Government is undertaking a review of the Paid Parental Leave Scheme, as required under the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010. The legislated review started in January 2013.
The Terms of Reference outline the purpose and scope of the review.
The review will take into account the matters set out in legislation and will draw on submissions, consultations, administrative data and the emerging findings of the independent Paid Parental Leave evaluation.
Australia’s 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.
PPL Review Steering Group
The review is being undertaken by FaHCSIA with oversight by an independent Steering Group.
Have your say
FaHCSIA is holding public consultations as part of the review of the Paid Parental Leave scheme. We welcome submissions from individuals and organisations. Consultation forums will also be held with key representative groups and peak bodies. The public consultation phase is now open and will close on 31 May 2013.
Parents, employees, employers and interested members of the community are encouraged to contribute to the review by making a written submission or by contacting their peak body or representative group to discuss the issues they would like raised.
The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Minister for Disability Reform, the Hon Jenny Macklin MP, has released a discussion paper that provides information about the review and contains review questions to help guide discussion and submissions.
Confidential submissions will not be listed on the website and will not be made available to third parties except as required or authorised by law. Further information on privacy.
A range of resources and links have been developed to assist those making a submission.
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If you have an enquiry about the review or to request a submission email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.