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Maternity Leave in Australia

Old Jun 30th 2005, 5:40 am
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Having just read a post where "No Maternity" leave was quoted, as one of a few reasons, for not moving to Australia, I looked it up.

According to http://www.workplace.gov.au/workplac...entalleave.htm

Paid maternity leave may be provided from a number of sources including federal and State agreements as well as awards. Women working in the public sector generally also have a legislated entitlement to paid maternity leave.

A growing number of organisations are using paid parental leave as a means of encouraging women to return to work after maternity leave. It is increasingly being seen as a cost-effective means of attracting and retaining skilled staff.

Over 36 per cent of women currently covered by a federal certified agreement have an entitlement to paid maternity leave in their agreement .

An increasing number of workplaces are also introducing paid paternity leave. Around 14% of employees on federal certified agreements current at 31 March 2002 had access (subject to eligibility requirements) to paid paternity leave.
 
Old Jun 30th 2005, 6:36 am
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Originally Posted by ABCDiamond
Having just read a post where "No Maternity" leave was quoted, as one of a few reasons, for not moving to Australia, I looked it up.

According to http://www.workplace.gov.au/workplac...entalleave.htm
My wife has given up work until further notice. There's not a company probably in the land who would give her that many years off so we're not complaining.

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Old Jun 30th 2005, 6:40 am
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Over 36 per cent of women currently covered by a federal certified agreement have an entitlement to paid maternity leave in their agreement.
That's not a very good figure and is likely to get even worse once Howard's industrial relations changes go through.
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That's not a very good figure and is likely to get even worse once Howard's industrial relations changes go through.
I agree it isn't fantastic, but it isn't zero either, which is what some people have been led to believe.

It is also growing, and not by legislation, but by employer choice.

I can't see these new changes legislating against it, so the employers who are choosing to offer it, will not stop due to the new laws.
 
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An increasing number of workplaces are also introducing paid paternity leave

Hmmmm, what exactly is paid paternity leave? 3 days maybe, a week max.

I've heard there is unpaid paternity leave, but can't remember the timescale.

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Hmmmm, what exactly is paid paternity leave? 3 days maybe, a week max.

I've heard there is unpaid paternity leave, but can't remember the timescale.

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From the examples I have seen, it varies from 1 week to 14 weeks paid paternity leave, depending on the company, and of course what they can afford to pay
Government departments probably pay the most.
 

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