Paid parental leave scheme – submit your experience

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The Federal Government is conducting a review of their Paid Parental Leave Scheme and inviting submissions up until May 31. Read on for details.

Everyone knows that nursing is an ageing workforce – and a predominantly female workforce. Though the percentage of male nurses and midwives is crawling up year-on-year, it still sits at only 9.9 percent (up from 9.6 percent in 2007).

The age profile of nurses and midwives has shifted towards older age groups in the past decade. The average age is now 44.5 years, up from 43.7 in 2007.

What’s also significant is the big hole in the middle of the demographic, in the 30-34 year olds.

The reason for that is relatively simple. Around 90 percent of the workforce is female and women who take time off to have a children often do so in the middle of their nursing careers.

The decision to take time off to have a family is made easier by the federal government’s parental leave scheme.  The scheme currently means eighteen weeks’ leave for the primary care giver – whether they’re full or part-time or casual. You’re eligible if you’re a paid nurse or midwife and have:

  • Been engaged in work continuously for at least 10 of the 13 months prior to the expected birth or adoption of a child
  • Undertaken at least 330 hours paid work in the 10 month period (an average of around one day of paid work a week)
  • A taxable income of under $150,000
  • In 2012, full-time nursing and midwifery professionals in non-managerial positions earned $1,633.50 per week on average

The Federal Government is currently conducting a review of the scheme and calling for submissions until May 31.

The review will consider the following issues:

  • the amount of time off work that primary carers are taking to care for newborn or newly adopted children
  • the availability and amount of leave and payments provided by employers in relation to the birth or adoption of a child, and the interaction of those entitlements with parental leave pay provided under the Act
  • the operation of the work test
  • whether primary claimants’ partners should be paid parental leave pay separately from, or in addition to, primary claimants
  • whether employers should make superannuation contributions in relation to parental leave pay.

Get the details of how to make a submission here – you can do it all online.

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