Parental Leave

Australia’s parental leave system is a mix of statutory entitlements, government-funded paid parental leave, and employer-funded parental leave.

Employers are increasingly recognising the benefits of paid parental leave for business, employees, and families, and many DCA members are among employers leading the way when it comes to parental leave.

In this section members can learn more about Australia’s parental leave system, the business case for employer-funded leave, leading practice principles, miscarriage leave, stillbirth or infant death, and DCA’s position on parental leave reform.


Explore definitions, key issues, and the state of play.

The Case for Action

Find out why your organisation should take action.

Leading Practice

Learn how to take a leading practice approach.

DCA Research

Check out DCA’s research on this topic.

Upcoming Events

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Recordings of Past Events

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Latest Articles - Parental Leave


Paid Parental Leave Amendment Bill 2023

This is DCA’s second submission supporting amendments to paid parental leave to ensure that Australia can offer government funded parental leave that is flexible, gender-neutral and promotes shared-care arrangements between parents.


Work and Care Inquiry Submission

Read submission to the Senate Select Committee on Work and Care inquiry into the impact that combining work and care responsibilities has on wellbeing.