The Government has committed to conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the PPL scheme. The evaluation is a research project commissioned to be undertaken externally in three phases over five years. It is based on parent and employer surveys conducted in three phases, starting in 2010. The evaluation is being conducted by the University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research.
The first phase of the evaluation measured work and family trends including parental leave patterns before the scheme was implemented. The Phase 1 report, and a factsheet summarising its findings, are available via the links below.
The second phase of the evaluation examined the implementation of the PPL scheme and the scheme’s early impacts on parents and employers. The Phase 2 report is available here for download.
The third phase will measure the immediate outcomes of the PPL scheme and the extent to which the scheme is likely to meet its longer term objectives. Findings from the third phase will be available later in 2013.
As required by the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010, the evaluation findings will be considered as part of the review.