Paid Parental Leave now at 22 weeks

Published: 08/07/2024
Category: Workers rights
Published: 08/07/2024
Category: Workers rights

Exciting news for working parents!

From Monday 1 July 2024, the amount of Paid Parental Leave new parents can access increased from 20 to 22 weeks.

The leave is paid at the rate of the National Minimum Wage, which also increased on 1 July, to $915.90 per week (for a standard 38 hours work week).

This follows on from last year’s changes, which saw ‘Dad and Partner Pay’ replaced by a scheme based on gender-neutral flexibility – making the scheme more equitable and accessible. Both parents can now share the 22 weeks – or 110 days – of leave as best suits their circumstances.

This is huge win for working people, and an example of workplace change that came about because union members stood up and fought for it.

No two families are the same. But your rights are.

Welcoming a new addition to the family is an exciting and transformative time. However, it can also bring about numerous questions and uncertainties, especially regarding work and finances.

Every family is different, which is why it’s so important that the Paid Parental Leave scheme is gender-neutral and includes both birth and non-birth parents.

More improvements to come in 2025 and 2026

Paid Parental Leave will increase to 24 weeks in 2025, and 26 weeks in 2026.

Additionally, from 1 July 2025, superannuation will be paid on the scheme – another win thanks to campaigning by union members.

This is an essential reform: workers shouldn’t be worse off for retirement just because they choose to become parents.

The campaign for stronger entitlements continues

Union members continue to campaign for better and more equitable Paid Parental Leave. The goal is to secure 52 weeks of Paid Parental Leave at full wage replacement for both parents.

Union members are also fighting for superannuation to be paid on unpaid parental leave as well.

Your union is always on hand to help

Navigating parental leave can be complex, but you don’t have to do it alone. Your union is there to support you with information and advice.

By understanding your rights and entitlements, you can make informed decisions about what’s best for you and your family.

Learn more about your rights

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Paid Parental Leave now at 22 weeks

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