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Pregnancy, Parental Leave and Return to Work Checklist
As soon as you know you are pregnant
  • Think about when to tell your boss you are pregnant 
  • Schedule time off for your prenatal appointments
  • Work out how much paid parental leave you will receive 
  • Think about when you’d like to start your parental leave (and how long you’d like to have off work with your baby) 
  • Your partner should check their entitlement to paid parental leave
When you are around 25 weeks pregnant 
  • Tell your employer that you are pregnant (if you haven’t already)
  • Apply for parental leave
  • Provide a medical certificate confirming your pregnancy and due date (if your employer asks)
  • Complete your claim for the government-funded Paid Parental Leave scheme
  • Make sure your partner gives notice now to their employer if they intend to take leave at the time of birth
  • Contact FSU at fsuinfo@fsunion.org.au to let us know when you will begin the unpaid portion of your parental leave and the date that you expect to return to work – so we can waive your union fees while you are unwaged
  • Be sure to keep copies of all correspondence with your employer about your parental leave and return to work arrangements

When you are around 30 weeks pregnant 
You should talk to your manager about the kind of contact that you would like to have with your workplace during your parental leave, eg:
  • How will you be told about changes happening at work, including job vacancies?
  • Would you like the opportunity to work to help you keep in touch, attend a particular event or take up a training opportunity? You can agree to work up to 10 ‘Keeping in Touch’ days during your parental leave
  • Begin thinking about child care arrangements. If you are using formal child care, you might like to check some of your local child care centres to get an idea of waiting list timeframes
Returning to Work from Parental Leave
Around 10 weeks before you are due back at work, you should begin preparing for your return. This will make your return to work much easier for both you and your employer. 
You should:
  • Make contact with your manager and talk about your return to work, confirming your hours and days of work
  • Confirm your child care arrangements
  • Request flexible working arrangements if you need to balance child care and work commitments
  • Contact FSU if you need any advice or assistance returning to work
Contact Details
FSU Member Rights Centre
Ph: 1300 366 378

Authorised By: Julia Angrisano, National Secretary

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