From 1 January 2011, a new Government paid parental leave scheme will provide all eligible working parents with 18 weeks payment at the Federal Minimum Wage currently $589.40 per week .
To be eligible for the government PPL Scheme, you must have completed at least 330 hours work (1 day per week) for 10 months in the 13 months prior to birth. This includes casuals, contractors and self- employed workers.
As of July 1st employers will receive funds directly from the FAO and provide parental leave pay to eligible employees in the regular payroll cycle. The parental leave pay is fully funded by the Commonwealth Government
The new Government payment is IN ADDITION to your 14 week paid parental leave under your current award and agreement.
As public education employees you are likely to be eligible for a number of paid and unpaid leave options both through the Federal Paid Parental Leave scheme and your employer (under your workplace agreement or Award), which means you may have some choices to make about:
For this reason, you should be aware of all the entitlements now available to you.