Yes agree - part of the issue is that child raising is still seen as 'woman's business'. Most men would be lucky to get a week or two paternity leave, which is very unfair.
Luckily for us, DH's employer has this year implemented a new policy that gives men 12 weeks full pay paternity leave (they have to take it in bubs 1st year & be the primary carer). Reflecting that many men would like to take more of an active parenting role in thier children's infancy. So when my mat leave ends, he'll take his.
We earn almost the same amount, so for us we wouldn't be worse off either way. I have greater earning potential so if it worked out better for one parent to stay at home, then I'd work & DH would stay at home.
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66k are year is not a lot surely? It doesn't take into account the amount of children either. Sure 66K for one person is perfectly fine, but what if someone has 3, 4, 5 kids? It wouldn't go anywhere. It is just going to make it harder for those who are already on low incomes. Gah!
Alas, like many, in my case hubby is the higher earner, so I'm the primary carer & therefore the one to stay home in that first year post baby.
We are looking into OH going 0.8 FTE for 2 years, so he has a day home once we have 2 young kids & I return to work. Will reduce days at childcare & mean I'm not always the one missing out on opportunities work wise. I have the potential to earn a similar amount to him if working full time, but until our children are school age (potentially later primary school, being realistic) it's not going to happen.
@Falkor if there is a paid maternity leave where your husband works Id encourage him to take it to HR to see if he would be eligible to take it provided he is the primary carer.
Two of my closest friends husbands have done it and have been successful in their claim.
At my company they renamed the paid maternity leave to paid parental leave so both male and female employees can take it.
If they couldn't take it I would see it as a gender discrimination.
Paid Maternity Leave
I do not agree with the new budget measures. I think having a minimum guaranteed amount for everyone is good, and encouraging employers to provide additional payments is also a good thing. This measure will simply encourage employers to dump their own PPL programs - and wont save the government any money. Its a major step back for no real budgetry gain.
Child Care Reform
I am all for child care reform. The current system, with 4 or 5 different payments isnt working. Its complicated and costly to administer and doesnt provide enough benefit to those who need it.
according to this, the new government policy will be as follows
So basically families on low incomes will get more than they currently get - and uncapped. Family on middle incomes ($65-$185k) will get slightly more rebate, and also uncapped. .Families earning up to $65,000 will get 85 per cent back per child of the actual fee or benchmark price (whichever is lower).
Families on about $170,000 and above will get 50 per cent back.
Families earning under $185,000 will not have a cap on their subsidy amount.
Those earning more than $185,000 will have a cap of $10,000.
Families earning over $185k will get less % rebate than they currently do, but the cap will increase from $7,500 to $10,000 - so many will probably end up getting more than they currently get.
The high family income earners who use day care part time or sparodically will end up with less benefit. Those using full time will end up better off (as for example if their rebate amount goes down to 25% ... but over the course of the year they will easily still get up to the cap, which is now higher)
The work test
They are making changes to ensure that you must study or work to get any rebate. Families on less than $65k will get 24hrs per fortnight (so basically 1 day per week). All other families must work or study at least 8 hrs per fortnight to qualify for the rebate.
8-16 hrs will get 36 hrs of subsidy
48 hrs (per f/n) will get 72 hrs of subsidy
49+ hrs will get the full 100 hrs of subsidy
This is a bit more stringent than I would like. I think the low income thresh hold should be $100k (to qualify for 1 day per week). Other than that, I think its a reasonable compromise.
Provided that there is some discretion for individual cases (carers/disability/special needs etc)
Perhaps a system where medical certificates could be used to excuse the work test?????
My mother became a single parent when my dad died, I was 7 and my brother was 5, luckily we were both at school (just) and you are right, our family home was $25,000 for a 4 bedroom inner city house. Yes wages were less, but it was still possible to pay it off on one wage, which is absolutely not the case now unless you are a high income family. Even mid income families struggle with city mortgages.
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