The Federal Labor candidate for Chifley, Ed Husic today welcomed the successful passage of the Federal Labor Government’s historic Paid Parental Leave legislation as a great victory for local families.
From 1 January next year parents will have access to Australia’s first national Paid Parental Leave scheme.
“Today is a great day for local families in Chifley. Working parents will now have the security of a national paid parental leave scheme,” Mr Husic said.
The scheme will apply to working parents who have or adopt a baby on or after 1 January next year, and ensures:
- eligible parents receive 18 weeks Parental Leave paid at the Federal minimum wage, currently $570 a week.
- parents are able to balance their work and family life
- employers are able to retain skilled staff.
“I know how important it is for working parents to spend those early months with their newborn baby, giving them the best start to life. The Rudd Government’s Paid Parental Leave provides the financial support for hard working families to do so.
“This is a win for all working families in Chifley.”
Mr Husic said until now, Australia and the United States were the only two OECD countries without national paid parental leave schemes.
“Today Australia has finally caught up with the rest of the developed world,” he said.
Mr Husic said local parents would be able to lodge claims for Paid Parental leave with the Family Assistance Office from 1 October this year.
The Government’s scheme is based on the expert recommendations of the Productivity Commission.
The Government-funded scheme can be received in addition to existing employer-funded entitlements, helping local employers enhance the family-friendly workplace conditions they already offer.
“Labor’s scheme will give local parents more options to balance their work and family life, help local employers retain skilled staff, and boost Australia’s productivity,” Mr Husic said.