Paid Parental Leave Review
The Government has completed a review of the Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme, as required under the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010. The scheme, which commenced in January 2011, provides eligible parents with up to 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay, at the rate of the National Minimum Wage, following the birth or adoption of a child.
The review, which began in January 2013, drew on public submissions, consultation meetings, administrative data, findings from the independent PPL evaluation, and other evidence. The public consultation phase, including the submissions process, ended in June 2013. Consultation meetings were held with around 30 key stakeholders and 65 public submissions were received. The Department of Social Services has analysed the evidence and the findings are contained in the final report. The legislation requires the Minister to table the final report in Parliament within 15 sitting days of receiving it.