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Paid Parental Leave!

October 25th, 2010 at 09:53 am

Today on the radio I heard some very exciting news. From January 1, 2011, working parents will be able to get government funded paid parental leave. It consists of eighteen weeks of $570 weekly payments, which is the minimum wage here.

For couples like DF and I, who both work and don't get holiday, sick or maternity pay, this is wonderful news. It makes starting a family seem like it is actually in reach for once, financially at least (and for us, money is one of the last obstacles to overcome, besides actually falling pregnant.)

10 Responses to “Paid Parental Leave!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    That is a very nice benefit!

  2. momcents Says:

    That is a very nice benefit, indeed!

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    That's great!

  4. scottish girl Says:

    that's great news!

  5. boomeyers Says:

    Very interesting! I would like to read more about this. It sounds too good to be true!

  6. ceejay74 Says:

    Yay! Glad your government is making positive progress toward supporting families staying home!

  7. Nika Says:

    Wow, that is great news!
    Fathers get it too?

  8. Looking Forward Says:

    Very good! In California you can get six "family leave" weeks per year. To care for a child or family member. Maternity leave is 10-12 weeks.

  9. whitestripe Says:

    boomeyers: you can find out more here: http://www.familyassist.gov.au/payments/family-assistance-payments/paid-parental-leave-scheme/index.html

    nika: in some sections it says 'mothers' but in other sections it says primary carer. obviously they are assuming the mother is the primary carer, but i think that it CAN work both ways, but is only available to one member of the family. Either way I think it's fantastic Smile

  10. frugaltexan75 Says:

    That is great news!

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