In Australia there are many legislative initiatives which aim to support working parents when they are welcoming a new baby home. This may include paid and/or unpaid leave from work to help take care of your new baby.
There will be a range of benefits you may be eligible for. As government initiatives change over time, the best place to get advice on your eligibility for different benefits – including paid parental leave, is to seek out your nearest Centrelink office or go online to the Services Australia website to see what you are eligible for.
Current government initiatives you may want to ask them about include:
- The Fair Work Act
- Parental Leave Pay
Parental Leave Pay in Australia covers maternity leave and paternity leave in a shared arrangement. Pending they meet Centrelink’s eligibility criteria, single parents and adoptive parents can access paid parental leave and the primary and secondary caregiver can share it equally.
In addition to what the government provides, you may also be eligible for paid and/or unpaid leave through your employer. You should touch base with your human resources department to see what the parental leave policy is and benefits that apply to your workplace.
Check out our maternity leave checklist.