Australia’s first national Paid Parental Leave scheme commenced on 1 January 2011. The scheme is funded by the Australian Government and overseen by the Federal Department of Human Services.
Parents who are planning to birth or adopt a child need to be aware of the scheme and to ensure they are eligible for paid parental leave.
Claims can be submitted up to three months before the expected date of birth or adoption. Parents are encouraged to claim before their child arrives so their payments can start on time.
The Paid Parental Leave scheme aims to help Australian families balance work and family commitments and help employers retain the valuable skills and experience of their staff. It will help employers enhance the family friendly workplace conditions many already offer. Parental Leave Pay can be taken in addition to existing employer-funded schemes, at either the same time or consecutively.