I'm 30 and in Brisbane. :-)
Have just joined the forum today. very excited. Hubby and I are planning to start a family this year. *squee* been waiting for the day since i was about 17. I had not realised that i would be entitled to maternity leave paid. So we had been waiting a little longer.
I would like some advice from someone in my position.
I am employed by QLD health. Work shifts in a hospital. I am a permanent employee contracted to a ward. i work 0.8FTE and get sort of $60,000 - $68,000 ish a year
I believe we get 12- 14 weeks paid leave. ( Could be wrong)
Then i head about PPL being ONTOP of work maternity leave. That seems far too generous. (Fantastic if it is true)
I am a NZ citizen. been here over 10 years. Over on a Special category Visa. I arrived AFTER the 2001 cut of date (by 4 months) therefore i am not eligible for a lot of govt assistance. I have worked my time here, so never needed it. My Husband is an Aussie citizen and we are going to raise our family here.
My husband is studying. Part time job about $12000 a year pre tax
i am very confused as to what leave i am allowed. I "in my head" heard 6 months full pay or 12 months 1/2 pay. Obviously this is incorrect.
Any QLD nurses be able to tell me what they did? That would be fantastic.
I don't want to ask at work as i have applied for a new position. I don't want them to think i am "leaving". As i have been on the Pill for 15 years, I might have problems concieving. (might not either) Just don't want to tell till i am that 3 month mark.