Well mine is an interesting one as I originally accepted as the position description said continued not fixed! I also turned down 2 further job applications while waiting got my contract. However I did make them pay me higher than the starting band so I guess I had a slight win but still rules me out for the 36wks maternity leave I would have gotten.
So yes this is plan 2 - get another job at the same workplace to qualify.
I think I would still qualify for the govt 18 wk paid mat leave and worst case the baby bonus.
Yes Nat wherever you work sounds generous
Jen self employed I guess being that organised you would be well prepared for baby