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Paid Parental Leave Scheme passed

Acting Commissioner for Equal Opportunity (SA), Anne Burgess, welcomed the announcement yesterday of a long awaited Paid Parental Leave scheme for Australian men and women.

The government funded scheme, which was passed yesterday by Federal parliament, will provide up to 18 weeks paid leave to eligible parents for children born or adopted after 1 January 2011. Eligible parents will be paid the National Minimum Wage (currently $570 per week).

The Acting Commissioner said the scheme is a "positive and welcome step towards properly accommodating mothers and fathers in the workplace. It also sends a particularly strong message about the importance of womens' contribution to the workforce and will allow more Australian women choices about balancing family and work responsibilities after the birth of their baby".

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