Paid Parental Leave for Dads

Posted on 02 August 2012

On 1 January 2011 the Paid Parental Leave scheme began.  This allowed eligible working parents 18 weeks Parental Leave Pay at the rate of the National Minimum Wage. 

Additional to this,  in June 2012 the scheme was extended and legislation passed through Parliament to now include Dad and Partner Pay.

The scheme will begin on 1 January 2013 and if eligible, working dads or partners, including both adopting parents and same-sex couples, will see eligible dads  gain access to two weeks government-funded Dad and Partner Pay. 

The amount paid will be set at the rate of the national minimum wage.  

Financial assistance will be available to eligible full-time, part-time, casual, contract, seasonal and self-employed workers from the Dad and Partner Pay which is designed to create opportunities for dads or partners to bond with their children and support their partner following birth or adoption.

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