[QU OTE=TeaM;8182101]I see what they are trying to do with this, but I agree that people should be able to access both if their employer paid leave is not sufficient.
However, there are some circumstances where it's clearly unfair to be paid both. I have several friends who work at a university that pays 6 months at full salary, but only on the basis that the employer returns to work for the term immediately following the 6 months leave or something to that effect. So basically, my friend is currently entitled to 18 weeks PPL from the government in addition to her full wage. Well that's good for her, but at the same time I think that's a huge waste of tax payer money. Why should somebody who is on leave at full pay receive extra money from Centerlink? That's like paying unemployment to people when they are gainfully employed!
I think that you should only be able to access the government PPL for any period where you are on unpaid maternity leave. That doesn't mean someone shouldn't, in the end, receive both, so long as they don't overlap. So, for example, those who receive 5 weeks from their employer could take 5 weeks + 18 weeks paid by the government following the 5 weeks. I think that's a fair balance.[/QUOTE]
Totally agree with this! If you take it for periods you are on unpaid leave, then you are actually using PPL for what it is for (staying home with your child) instead of 'topping up' your employer paid leave. It seems a much better balance .