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

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Latest Articles - Parental Leave

Opinion pieces

Addressing Paid Parental Leave

Engaging women in paid work at the same rate as men would increase household incomes and support economic growth.