Relations - Paid Parental Leave
Extend paid parental leave of 14 weeks to parents in the workforce, including the self employed and those working for an employer for less than 12 months
Increase payment to 100% of wages up to a maximum of the average male wage
Fund the scheme jointly by government contribution and an employer levy based on payroll
The Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill provides for 14 weeks paid parental leave from 1 July 2006
A self-employed person will be entitled to paid parental leave if they are engaged in more than one type of work consecutively, and/or if they have a break of 30 days or less between engagements
Increase the leave entitlement for eligible parents from 13 to 14 weeks from December 2005.