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Parental leave fact file [Infographic]

Ready to take your first steps into working parenthood? It's a good idea to read up on your rights and responsibilities as an employee. Arm yourself with these important parental-leave facts so you know what to expect and what you're entitled to:

  • Most employees are entitled to 12 months’ unpaid parental leave if they’ve worked for their employer for a minimum of 12 months before the birth.
  • You or your partner may be eligible for unpaid leave, depending on who will stay home and care for the child.
  • You may be eligible for the government’s paid parental leave scheme, which covers 18 weeks of pay at the national minimum wage.
  • Some generous employers offer paid leave on top of the government scheme.
  • Freelancers, sole traders and contractors may still be eligible for the government’s paid parental leave scheme.
  • You should give your employer at least 10 weeks’ notice before heading off on parental leave.
  • Employers aren’t obliged to pay super during unpaid or paid parental leave, however some do.
  • After 12 months of unpaid parental leave you may request a further 12 months.
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