Australia now has a parental leave scheme which will make a difference for you and your family. If you are eligible you will enjoy the benefits of paid maternity leave through Australia?s Paid parental Leave scheme such as receiving taxable Paid Parental Leave payments at the level of the Federal Minimum Wage, currently $570 per week, for a maximum period of 18 weeks. You can also take it at any time in the first year after birth and you can have it before, during or after any other employer benefits you might have, such as paid maternity leave, long service leave or annual leave. Want to find out if you are eligible for the scheme? Please read below.

So Do You Qualify The Scheme?

You will be eligible if you are a working parent of children born or adopted on or after January 1, 2011. ?Working parents? include full time, part time, casual workers and seasonal, self employed, contractors and people who have had multiple employers. You may have access to Paid Parental Leave provided you meet the eligibility criteria.

What If You Are Expecting Twins Or More?

If you are expecting twins or more, then you can take the parental leave for the first child and the Baby Bonus for second and following children. For instance, if you have twins, you can have 18 weeks of paid leave plus one $5,000 Baby Bonus payment.

If you would like more help and advice on Paid Parental Leave scheme then you may like to visit the Family Assistance Office website.

Good News!

Taking time away from work for a new baby is a common part of working life but Federal Minister for families Jenny Macklin said, “It will give more parents the financial security to take time off work to spend with their newborn babies”.

The scheme will really help you spend more time at home with your newborn, and also helps your employer keep skilled and valuable staff like you. It also ensures that as the baby?s primary caregiver, you are afforded ample time and resources to stay at home and lay the foundation for a loving relationship. Indeed, it is a big help to most mums and really deserves a toast. How about you? What do you think about the new Paid Parental Leave?

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