Parental Leave Pay provides eligible working parents (usually birth mothers) with up to 18 weeks pay at the rate of the National Minimum Wage, currently around $622 per week before tax.

Full-time, part-time, casual, seasonal, contract and self-employed workers may be eligible. 

Government-funded Parental Leave Pay is usually provided by employers to long-term employees in their usual pay cycle. Parents who do not receive Parental Leave Pay from their employer or who do not have an employer, will receive the payments directly from Centrelink. 

Parents and employers can find out more, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, at the Australian Government Department of Human Services website.

Balancing paid work and family responsibilities - Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick is continuing to challenge the way Australians think about work and family balance by promoting the value of family-friendly work practices. The Commissioner has said she will lead and contribute to achieving a national scheme of paid leave for parents in Australia. Find out more about the work of the Sex Discrimination Commission.