Men could get 20 weeks of paid paternity leave under the scheme Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is considering

Men could get up to 20 weeks of taxpayer-funded paternity leave under bold new ‘gender equity’ scheme being considered by Anthony Albanese

  • Labor government plans to extend parental leave rights
  • Under the changed rules, men could get five months of paid paternity leave
  • Family groups demand even more and demand 12 months of paid leave

New dads could get up to 20 weeks of government-funded job leave to use anytime before their child turns two under a new plan to bridge the gap. gender gap.

Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said she and the newly elected Labor government were “eager” to review the rules to better meet the needs of modern Australian families.

Under current paid parental leave rules, the “primary carer” receives 18 weeks leave at minimum wage – who in a heterosexual relationship is defined as the mother, except in exceptional situations.

Fathers can only access two weeks of paid paternity leave and critics argue that encourages men to remain in the labor market and women to care for newborns.

Men could have access to 20 weeks of government-funded paternity leave under changes to the current system (stock image)

In the last budget of the previous Morrison government, they proposed allowing couples to combine these two leave allowances and use the 20 weeks as they see fit.

Ms Rishworth said she was currently reviewing that plan to ensure there were no unintended consequences, but supported it.

“Society has changed. Many more men want to play a role. And a lot of men say they want to be the primary carer for a while,’ she said. The Australian.

“I have a really good overview of what can be done with paid parental leave,” she said.

Family advocacy group The Parenthood wants the government to go even further.

He started a petition calling for 12 months of parental leave to be shared between new parents with full pay and a retirement pension.

The Minister for Social Services and Labor said the Albanian government supports a plan presented by the previous Liberal government to allow parents to share the 20 weeks leave as they wish (pictured: Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his girlfriend Jodie Haydon)

The Minister for Social Services and Labor said the Albanian government supports a plan presented by the previous Liberal government to allow parents to share the 20 weeks leave as they wish (pictured: Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his girlfriend Jodie Haydon)

Executive Director Georgie Dent said it was vital for new families and for gender equity to remove the notion of primary and secondary caregiver and allow parents to share responsibilities equally.

She also praised some companies that are leading the way in offering parental leave beyond what the government mandates.

“Some Australian companies have made efforts to encourage fathers to take extended parental leave … offering 18 weeks of paid leave to any parent within the first 12 months of the baby’s arrival. And flexibility on how and when it is taken,” she said.

For example, if a new father wants to take a few weeks of paid vacation after the birth of his baby and then a few more weeks several months later, some workplaces accept that, she added.

She also said Australia needed to catch up with the rest of the world.

Australian fathers take the least amount of paternity leave in the developed world, just behind the United States.

Georgie Dent (pictured) of families advocacy group The Parenthood wants the government to go even further and offer 12 months of parental leave with full pay

Georgie Dent (pictured) of families advocacy group The Parenthood wants the government to go even further and offer 12 months of parental leave with full pay

The director of the Agency for Gender Equality at Work, Mary Wooldridge, said men who take paternity leave benefit not just them, but society.

“Research shows that men who become more actively involved in childcare increase their well-being and happiness,” Ms Wooldridge said.

“It also shows that when men take parental leave, they are more likely to participate in childcare on an ongoing basis and have a fairer distribution of unpaid work in the home.”

“It is very positive for them and for their relationship with their children, and it also allows women to have more choices in terms of returning to work.

“And from an organizational perspective, it’s been shown to increase job satisfaction and productivity.”

THE COMPANIES THAT OFFER THE MOST PAID PARENTAL LEAVE

KPMG: 26 weeks

Diageo: 26 weeks

King & Wood Mallesons: 26 weeks

Stockland: 20 weeks

Mirvac: 20 weeks for primary caregivers in a shared care model

Deloitte: 18 weeks

Tabcorp: 18 weeks

DLA Piper: 18 weeks

Medibank: 14 weeks

Aurecon: 14 weeks for primary caregivers in a shared care model

L’Oréal Australia: 14 weeks

Aecom: 12 weeks

Leo: 12 weeks

SMEC Holdings: 14 weeks for primary caregivers

Source: Data from the Agency for Professional Equality between Women and Men for 2022.

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