Families in Chifley benefit from Paid Parental Leave three months in

Three months since the introduction of Australia’s first national Paid Parental Leave scheme, families in Chifley are already benefiting from this historic reform.

Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic said that on 1 January this year, the Australian Government delivered for Australian families who had been waiting decades for a national Paid Parental Leave scheme.

“Since the scheme began, around 110 new parents in Chifley are receiving payments, and 90 new and expecting parents have applied for the Paid Parental Leave scheme and are awaiting the birth of their child or the start of their payment,” Mr Husic said.

“The Government's Paid Parental Leave scheme provides eligible working parents with Parental Leave Pay for up to 18 weeks at the national minimum wage (currently $570 a week before tax).

“Paid Parental Leave gives babies the best start in life. It gives more parents the financial security to spend time at home with their new baby in the critical early months.

“Parental Leave Pay can be transferred between parents to give families more options to balance work and family.  

“For many women, particularly the self-employed and those in part-time, casual, seasonal or contract work, this is the first time they have had access to Paid Parental Leave.

“The scheme also helps women stay connected to the workforce, and helps employers attract and retain valuable and skilled staff.

Families who don't qualify for Paid Parental Leave still have the option of the Baby Bonus and other family payments if eligible.

Parents can find out more by visiting the Family Assistance Office at http://www.familyassist.gov.au/ or calling 13 61 50.

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Ed Husic MP
Federal Labor Member for Chifley

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