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Paid parental leave - A step in the right direction

The Commissioner has welcomed the announcement of a Paid Parental Leave scheme as part of the Federal Government's 2009/10 Budget.  The government funded scheme, which will provide 18 weeks paid leave at the Federal minimum wage for eligible parents, is due to commence on 1 January 2011.

In acknowledging the scheme as an important step towards improving workforce participation, the Commissioner said "We need to change the way work is organised in this country to properly accommodate mothers and fathers in the workplace. Paid parental leave makes more than good economic sense - it sends a strong signal that the community values the contribution of working parents".

Click on the link below to read the Equal Opportunity Commission's 2008 submission on paid maternity leave.

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