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For now, here’s five answers to frequently asked questions about Paid Parental Leave:
Available to parents who have birthed or adopted a child, PPL is a government-funded entitlement to help with expenses while you care for a newborn. From July 1st, 2023, Australian families are entitled to 20 weeks PPL at the minimum wage (18 weeks for the birthing parent or primary carer, 2 weeks for the other). If you’re employed, even if your employer doesn’t offer any additional paid parental leave, they will pay you the government-funded scheme; it will come from your employer but they get the money from the federal government.
If you are employed or own a business, you meet the income test and you’re not working after the birth or adoption of your baby, you are eligible. You can get it for up to 18 weeks (your partner for 2 weeks) and this can be at the same time as paid or unpaid leave from your employer.
There is flexibility with the payment from 1st July 2023 and may look like: an initial 12-week period must be taken as a continuous fixed block during the 12 months following the birth or adoption; and a six-week flexible period that can be taken within two years of the birth or adoption in the way that works best for the birth mother or primary carer.
You (and your partner, if you have one) will need to register for a Centrelink Reference Number (CRN) in order to claim PPL. It’s best to do this early in your pregnancy as it can be a complicated process that takes time. Register at servicesaustralia.gov.au. You can start your claim up to 3 months before your child’s birth or adoption. To get the full amount, you must claim within 12 months of your child’s birth or adoption.
Paid Parental Leave is a minimum wage entitlement. The paid leave available to parents in Australia is one of the least adequate PPL schemes among OECD nations and there is advocacy to extend it to one year for the benefit of parents, babies and families. The length of PPL will increase every financial year by 2026, where parents will be eligible for 26 weeks of paid parental leave.
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