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The term "parental leave"
includes maternity, paternity and adoption leave. This has been
included as a core minimum condition of the Australian Pay and
It is unpaid leave of up
to a maximum of 12 months that a woman and/or her spouse can access between them on
the birth or adoption of a child.
It is available after
continuous employment with the current employer. An employee is also
entitled to work part time in specified circumstances before or after
the child's birth or adoption.
After parental leave the
employee has a
right to return to the same job or an equivalent one in status and pay.
An employee must give notice of taking parental leave, and of your
Eligible casual employees
are entitled to parental leave. An "eligible casual" is one who has
(a) employed by an
employer on a regular and systematic basis for several periods of
employment or on a regular and systematic basis for an ongoing period
of employment during at least 12 months; and
(b) who has but for the
pregnancy or the decision to adopt, a reasonable expectation of ongoing
In some industries, mainly
in the public sector, paid maternity leave is available.
Paid parental leave was announced in the 2009 Federal Budget
and willl become available to many Australian workers in 2011.
Australia was one of the few western countries which did not have paid