WHO and Australian child and maternal health authorities recommend 26 weeks. The current scheme facilitates that by setting a minimum of 18 weeks (paid for by the taxpayer) as a floor under workplace entitlements.
The Government wants to change that to effectively 18 weeks maximum. Women will be forced back to work early through financial stress, doing harm to themselves and the baby. To cap the situation, there is minimal available affordable child care for infants.
NFAW asks you to write as soon as you can to Senators of every Party – Greens, Labor, NXT, Lambie, Hinch….
Read more about the Call to Protect Paid Parental Leave
View scenario-calculations from the Women and Work Research Group at the University of Sydney.