The Turnbull Government is trying to change paid parental leave arrangements so that people who have an entitlement to paid parental leave through a workplace agreement or employment contract are denied access to government parental leave payments.
Australia's universal PPL scheme was designed to enable families to combine government-funded PPL with entitlements negotiated at work as, on their own, neither employer arrangements nor the government contribution provide enough paid time at home.
6 months paid parental leave for all working parents is consistent with recommendations made by the Productivity Commission, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (MHMRC). The Government currently provides only 18 weeks at the minimum wage.
The proposed cuts will have a severe financial impact on some families and reduce the amount of time that working parents are able to take off work. For people who are intending to have children, the proposed changes may put those plans up in the air.
Union members want parents to have more time at home with their young children, not less time.
A Senate Inquiry is examining the proposed changes to paid parental leave. Whether you are pregnant, intending to have children, or you have already had children, Senators need to hear from you.
Please make a submission to this inquiry by 16 December 2016.