Paid parental leave: Will Australian reforms help close the gender pay gap?
“We could split this between the two of us and I could take four months and my husband could take two – it would be good not only for me to get back to work sooner, but also to develop the bond between him and the baby,” she said.
Ms Arnott-Goddard was able to take her son with her to work in a nursery. Source: Provided
Under the new scheme, single parents will also be able to access the full 26 weeks, while the leave will be made more flexible, with parents able to take it in blocks between periods of paid work.
“We have long called for reform of the paid parental leave system because giving new parents enough time off and encouraging equal sharing of care is good for the economy and good for families,” she said.
“And to spread that over four years is an insult when women have waited over a decade for decent paid parental leave.”
Greens Senator Larissa Waters is among those calling for the paid parental leave scheme to include the retirement pension. Source: AAP / Mick Tsikas
Ms Waters said the project should be scrapped would help finance the proposed increase.
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The non-primary caregiver can also take fifteen days of government-paid leave at the same minimum wage rate, but must not work or take employer-paid leave during this time.
“But what is significant is that for 11 years no significant change has been introduced, and it is also significant that the Prime Minister has said that this is only the starting point on which he would like to s ‘to lean on.”
Parenthood executive director Georgie Dent welcomed the reforms to the paid parental leave scheme. Source: Provided
Ms Dent said significant changes to the program are helping to better close the gender pay gap, for example by encouraging more fathers to take extended leave.
Further details on the parental leave scheme will be announced in the budget later this month.