You might like to share the experience and provide support to your partner during her ultrasounds and appointments throughout the pregnancy.
In some companies, like NAB, FSU has negotiated special leave for partners to attend some pre-natal appointments during pregnancy.
If you don’t have access to pre-natal leave during your partner’s pregnancy, you could apply for time off in lieu or annual leave to attend.
Parental leave for partners at the time of birth
Many families like to have time off together when a new baby is born. This allows the workload to be shared and gives both parents an opportunity to bond with their new baby.
As a partner, you can take up to 8 weeks leave from work at the time of your child’s birth (provided you are a permanent employee with over 12 months service or a casual with 12 months of regular and systematic work with your employer). This is called concurrent leave because both parents are at home providing care to the new child at the same time.
FSU has negotiated at least one week of paid parental leave for partners at the time of birth, in many companies in the finance industry. You might like to take annual leave or long service leave to extend your paid time at home after the birth.
If you work in the finance industry and would like to know how much paid parental leave you are entitled to at the time of your child’s birth, click here
If your partner is having a baby and you don’t work in the finance industry, check with your union to find out if you are entitled to paid leave at the time of your child’s birth.
You might also be eligible for up to 2 weeks government-funded Dad and Partner Pay. Find out more here
You can become the baby’s primary carer when your partner returns to work
Many families enjoy the benefits of both parents being able to take parental leave to provide primary care to the child at different times.
This is especially important for families who find it difficult to access formal child care for babies under 2 years old.
For example, baby’s mother might take parental leave at the time of birth and return to work before baby’s first birthday. You might then take parental leave for up to 12 months to provide care for your baby whilst your partner is at work.
You might be eligible to access paid parental leave from your employer, if you become the baby’s primary carer within the first 12 months.
Your rights as a partner are set out in your Enterprise Agreement, company’s parental leave policy and the National Employment Standards.
If you’re unsure about your rights as a partner, contact your Union. The above is general information only. For specific advice about your individual situation, contact FSU on 1300 366 378.