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.
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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.
Read DCA’s submission in response to the 2023 Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Early Childhood Education and Care.
Read DCA’s submission to the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Improvements for Families and Gender Equality) Bill 2022.
DCA made a submission to the 2022 Paid Parental Leave Amendment Bill – improvements for families and gender equity.
DCA welcomed the pre-budget announcement of increasing government funded paid parental leave to 26 weeks.
Read submission to the Senate Select Committee on Work and Care inquiry into the impact that combining work and care responsibilities has on wellbeing.