Proposed changes to parental leave entitlements could make life easier on working families.

The change means parents will be able to take their 18-week paid parental leave entitlement in an initial block of 12-weeks in the first year of their child’s life and a further six weeks however they choose before their child turns two.

This could include taking one day a week of leave for 30 weeks, meaning whoever is the primary carer could work a four-day week and still be paid for the fifth day at home with their kids via the government entitlement; saving on childcare fees and other caring-related expenses when they may need it most, shares Courier Mail.

Or it may be six periods of one-week of leave over the course of a year or any configuration that suits their individual circumstances.

The new policy would need to be introduced to parliament as legislation and will begin on 1 July 2020 — meaning the Coalition will need to be re-elected and pass it through both houses to see it become a reality.  Read more here…

Would this make life easier for new mums to return to work?

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  • HElpful for our lifetsyle and work commitments!


  • Whatever works for you I say.


  • It’s actually really luxe to be in the position to go on paid leave and have the freedom how to plan it !


  • A great idea to gives mums a choice, because that’s what we need


  • I very much doubt employers can afford to wear the cost of this. Don’t forget they have to employ somebody else when you take parenting leave….and all the Govt. levies, Workcover etc. I know people in small business who haven’t worried about expanding as they can afford to pay wages but not all the costly extra Govt. fees, taxes etc. They would be out of pocket.


  • Each to their own. This may work for some, yet not for others. I think it’s about choice when you become a parent… you need to decide why you’re a parent and how you’re going to manage it.

    • Yep – all comes down to personal choice and decision making by each family.


  • This would help a lot of people, and not be a problem for employers.


  • Not really a game changer. Babies need parental time earlier in their life.


  • I think yes this would make life easier for new mums to return to work


  • I would certainly think this would make life easier for mums to return to work.


  • I can see this going down well with our employer’s,Now we can drag it on for 2years,As a boss I will decide what you do with your last 6 week’s so choose wisely,Cheer’s Krusty.


  • Facilitating parents with their options is a good thing.


  • I planned to take the whole year off anyway


  • PPL was proposed as complementary to paid maternity leave, it was Joe Hockey that later decided these women were “double dippers” and they should be exclusive of one another. When it was proposed, it was to enable mothers to spend time with their children in the infant years, I feel as though there have been repeated backflips on these schemes


  • Hope the mums look at this proposed legislation before they vote.


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