Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Paid Parental Leave Scheme Changes and You

The media has started more reporting today on the proposed changes to the Government's Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme. Essentially they are proposing to remove access to the full PPL for those who receive paid parental leave from their employer, so that the maximum received between both PPL and any employer scheme is 18 weeks.

According to ABC News: 
"The Turnbull Government wants to save $1.2 billion by stopping new parents from receiving the full 18 weeks available under the Government's scheme if their employer also offers parental leave. The revised scheme, which would see up to 80,000 women have their taxpayer-funded entitlement reduced or cut altogether, has a proposed start date of January 1."




The Labor Party and Greens have started they will vote "no" to the changes, but One Nation and Derryn Hinch have stated they will likely support the changes, leaving the decision in the hands of Nick Xenophon. He does not support a start date of January 1 as that will effect those already pregnant, but may support a start date of October 1, 2017. A decision is likley to be made in the next few days.

If you want to show your opposition to these changes, you can sign a petition at The Parenthood here and also Getup here.  

Once we know more, I will post with what the changes (if any) are and how that may impact you.

UPDATE
4 November 2016 - SBS Reports that Senator Hinch is no longer supporting the proposed changes. Article is here
31 October 2016 - Nick Xenaphon has confirmed he won't support current scheme according to ABC News. Article is here

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