In December 2016, DCA made a submission in response to the Inquiry into the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2016.
DCA opposes the proposed changes to the Government-funded Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme. Increasing the amount of time new parents can spend away from the workforce by supporting them with paid parental leave has improved the return to work rates for women.
PPL is good for business, good for families and good for women. Any reduction may have a negative impact on return-to-work rates.
DOWNLOAD a copy of DCA's Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee regarding the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2016. (An accessible version of this submission will be available shortly.)
That Inquiry has now been superseded by the introduction of new legislation – the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017 (the Omnibus Bill) – which introduces a revised PPL scheme arrangements contained in the Omnibus Bill.
This Bill also introduces changes to childcare, and DCA will be consulting with our members about it very soon.