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New workplace laws come into effect on July 1st 2009. This site will be updated shortly to reflect the new Fair Work laws.

The term "parental leave" includes maternity, paternity and adoption leave. This has been included as a core minimum condition of the Australian Pay and Conditions Statndards

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 twelve months 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 return.

Eligible casual employees are entitled to parental leave. An "eligible casual" is one who has been:

(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 employment.

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 parental leave.



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