3 December 2018

Coalition delivers greater choice for Wide Bay families

Wide Bay families now have greater choice over their work-life balance with the Liberal Nationals Government making parental leave pay more flexible.

 Each year thousands of parents have returned to work before they have used up all of their Government-funded Parental Leave Payment, losing the unused portion.

The new policy will allow families to split their parental leave payments into blocks of leave, rather than having to take it all at once.

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said the change will offer real choice and flexibility so mums and dads can determine what works for their families.

“The Coalition Government understands that parents and families want more choice, so we are providing more flexibility in paid parental leave,” Mr O’Brien said.

The new policy will apply to all parents of children born and adopted on or after 1 July 2020.

The new initiative is part of the Government’s $109 million Women’s Economic Security Package, which will help to break down the barriers to women’s economic security.

“While we have taken great strides in the past few decades, women still earn less than men, are more than twice as likely as men to work part-time, and retire with 42% less superannuation,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Coalition is serious about improving women’s economic security because we know that when women do well, their families do well, and our economy and nation prospers.

“The Government can deliver on its commitments because they are backed by our plan for a stronger economy.”

For more information about the Women’s Economic Security Package, visit: www.pmc.gov.au/wess