All the evidence points to paid partner’s leave having many benefits for children and families – but Labour’s promise falls short on time and money.
Australia’s Fair Work Act recognises “spontaneous” but not “non-spontaneous” pregnancy loss.
The inclusion of an evidence-based women’s budget statement shows a greater awareness of the systemic challenges to women’s economic security.
The present scheme is for 18 weeks government-funded leave to care for a newborn. There is a separate “Dad and Partner” payment for two weeks.
States taking the strictest stands against abortion tend to have among the worst statistics in the nation on child and family well-being.
Labor and the Coalition have announced their parental leave policies. If you are planning to have children, you should be familiar with what they’re offering.
On this Mother’s Day, keep your cash and give your wonderful mother gifts that will actually have a long-term impact on her health and well-being.
Current parental leave schemes reinforce old gender stereotypes and the pay gap between women and men. Overseas experience shows better targeted leave for new fathers helps everyone.
This important benefit does more than just help parents in terms of dollars and cents.
The lack of reform to childcare - a huge cost-of-living pressure - is the biggest missed opportunity of the week.
Is the budget really as “women friendly” as the Morrison government would like us to believe?
You might expect progressive policies in our universities, but a parental leave system of primary and secondary caregivers – the first 93% women, the second 96% men – perpetuates the gender gap.
Polls have consistently found robust support for this benefit, with a growing share of the public approving of paid time off for dads.
If governments are looking for a post-pandemic “baby boom” to help populations grow, then they should increase the amount and duration of paid parental leave for both mums and partners.
Modest changes to Australia’s paid parental provision can help address the gender gap in unpaid and paid work between mothers and fathers.
Stay-at-home parents have a hard time reentering the workforce after spending time away.
Encouraging fathers to take paternity leave has positive, perhaps even surprising, results.
Does having children make the goal of fairly dividing work at home more elusive?
Breast milk contains ingredients in concentrations that change over the course of the day. Researchers think milk is chrononutrition, carrying molecular messages to help set a baby’s internal clock.
The transition to parenthood comes with plenty of stress. A psychology researcher suggests that paid family leave could help lift some of the burden – with positive health benefits down the road.