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.

This information was last updated in July 2022.

DCA Research

Inclusion@Work Index: Mapping the State of Flex in the Australian Workforce

Mapping the state of flex in the Australian workforce

A special edition report of DCA’s Inclusion@Work Index 2021-2022 titled Mapping the State of Flex in the Australian Workforce highlights a positive link between flexible work and workplace inclusion and shows that the stigma around care, gender and flexible work continues.

Let’s Share the Care

Image from report cover with mini seesaw with piles of coins and blocks with female and male symbols on each end.  The female end has a bigger weight and is therefore down while the male block is elevated due to the lighter weight.

DCA's Let’s Share the Care at Home and Work report, timed to coincide with Mother’s Day on 12 May 2019, is a call to action to end the gender pay gap by enabling women and men in Australian families to ‘share the care’ more equitably.

Case Studies

Creating a nation-leading and inclusive parental leave policy at Smartgroup

Case Study

Smartgroup Corporation on how they constructed their nation-leading and inclusive parental leave policy.


The new parliament must address paid parental leave

Opinion pieces

Australia’s paid parental leave policy no longer meets the diverse needs of many families. We call on the next parliament to move towards six months of gender-neutral paid parental leave to encourage shared care by both parents.

DCA Submission on the Maternity Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1973


DCA has made a submission in response to the review of the Maternity Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1973 (ML Act).

Childlessness – the unspoken workplace inclusion issue

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As workplaces become more inclusive and family-friendly, there is still a very large group of people who remain unseen.