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    I guess then, I have this totally wrong. For us, we are not in a position where we can save that much and not need it in the mean time.
    But obviously others are going to be different.
    We won't be taking it, and DH will just be using annual leave.

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    I think the point of the paid leave for dads and partners, is to give people whose employers do not offer any sort of paid parental leave, an option for some time off when their bub is born.

    It is not meant to cover all family expenses but to assist or supplement. I would imagine families earning over 150 would be able to cover 2 weeks of leave and those under that are supplemented to encourage family time during the birth of a child.

    Lots of companies already cover leave for dads/partners but for those that don't this means that they don't have to miss out completely.

    I think it's a great step forward in valuing the role of dads/partners in the addition of a new child.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubySunrise View Post
    I guess then, I have this totally wrong. For us, we are not in a position where we can save that much and not need it in the mean time.
    But obviously others are going to be different.
    We won't be taking it, and DH will just be using annual leave.
    Doesn't it work the same as ppl - where you get it in addition to taking family/maternity/annual leave?

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    Yes you do get it in addition, but you have to be on unpaid leave at the time of taking it

    My DH doesn't get any family or parental leave from work, only annual leave

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyla View Post
    I think the point of the paid leave for dads and partners, is to give people whose employers do not offer any sort of paid parental leave, an option for some time off when their bub is born.
    That's what I thought too. Isn't something like 40% of Australia's workforce in casual employment with no paid leave of any kind? Must be great for them to not have to stress so much about time off.

    (I'm not just talking about those who work a few hours a day for a few days a week. DF actually worked more hours as a casual than he does now he's full time - same company, just a different classification.)

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    I hadn't even heard of this, I think its great. Dp worked through this holidays and saved up his sick pay to have three weeks off when dd was born and i was so thankful to have him around.

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    I think it's for casual workers, contractors, self employed more than people who are employed in a position where they can use annual leave, or whose employers offer paid partner's leave.

    That was my understanding - so people whose only option would be unpaid leave now have an alternative.

    DP would be entitled to 2 weeks paid partner's leave, which is fantastic and we're very lucky she has that option.

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    I hear what you are saying but what do you think would be a good alternative? Salary matching?? Obviously the Govt could not do that so the only alternative would be to make employers grant the paid leave. I think this would be fantastic but will never happen in Australia!!

    I'm in the same boat, but although my govt PPL doesn't actually "allow" me time off work as it is such a small amount, it certainly helped with baby related bills and I'm grateful for it. Better than nothing!

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    I'm honestly not sure what a good alternative would be.

    I agree, it's fantastic for casual workers and the self employed. But for most other ppl, I think it's just a bit pointless.

    I don't think salary matching will ever happen and I don't think it would be reasonable to expect it either.

    I dunno, maybe the govt could make paid maternity/paternity leave a compulsory thing like superannuation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubySunrise View Post

    I agree, it's fantastic for casual workers and the self employed. But for most other ppl, I think it's just a bit pointless.
    That's the point though. It's not really designed for most other people.


 

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