Not to mention if the child's at childcare or the mother is on unpaid leave then the government is still paying ( in many cases) assistance out
I think the solution is a better ppl for all. I agree that the Centrelink ppl isn't long enough and if it goes through I do feel bad for those that were entitled to two maternity leave payments.
I'd love to see all those that may miss out on getting two payments fight for a better Centrelink ppl so everyone can have more time with their babies, not just those that have employers that provide paid maternity leave.
@maternidade do you think that it will be easier to get care with your 2nd? Since there is a sibling that was/is in care? (Sorry, not sure if your eldest is home FT or still in care)
That's where I get upset with the Labour government. Basically the way I see it, they specifically designed this PPL payment to be a top up / additional payment for all of those who already receive PPL through their jobs (predominantly unionised workers, public servants etc). Meanwhile they criticised Abbott's plan to pay everyone a more reasonable PPL based on their salary (just like every other civilised country does so hardly controversial). The current system clearly favours one class of employee over another and that's what I think is unfair.
I don't like how the government is handling it though because it affects some women detrimentally because not everybody receives 6 or 12 months fully paid maternity leave. They should allow the payment for any period of unpaid maternity in the first 12 months (ie not receiving two payments at the same time). That would be more fair, while saving some unnecessary expenditure.
DD2 has been on the wait list since I was pregnant and I'm actually going on several months of unpaid leave so that she can attend this one at 15months. I've put eggs in one basket in the hope we get an offer. The 18 weeks ppl means it's only a few months of unpaid leave. If it wasn't on offer it would be nearly a year ( therefore entitled to benefits we wouldn't normally be entitled too as my taxable income would be very low, - that actually work out more than the 18 weeks ) and I would so be under tax thresholds so wouldn't pay tax either
TeaM is right. There is a flaw for the govt PPL. A lot of women take it concurrently because once they go back to work say even 1 day a week, the govt PPL ceases. This gives the wrong impression that these women are double dipping but it isn't. Full time is a different story. They are just saving the PPL for later when they r 4 days out of work per week to take care the bub.
PS: It is a rather sensitive question at my work place. baby bonus has been axed. The full 26w PPL is half of that. Would you call those who got baby bonus double dipping since they are getting more than their work PPL?
can someone please explain the concept of double dipping?
I am a bit of a ppl noob here.
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