Paid Parental Leave Bill 2010

The scheme will be funded by the federal government but administered by employers (although between 1 January 2011 and 1 July 2011 the Family Assistance Office will administer the payments.)

Some further points:

  • Payments will only be made with respect to children born or adopted from 1 January 2011.
  • Parental leave payments are intended to supplement any other employer-provided paid leave, however recipients will be excluded from the baby bonus (except in the case of multiple births).
  • The payment will be taxed in the same manner as salary or wages but superannuation will not initially be payable on parental leave payments.
  • The draft bill proposes that the Fair Work Ombudsmen will have jurisdiction to investigate employers in breach of their obligations to pay parental leave.