Parental leave for mothers and partners
If you’re pregnant and have worked with the same employer for twelve months before your expected due date, you might be eligible for parental leave. If your partner is pregnant, there’s a chance you’ll be eligible for parental leave too. Read on for details. Some Enterprise Agreements and government funding schemes could give you access to paid parental leave. Check your eligibility below.
What is parental leave?
Parental leave is leave that can be taken when:
- You give birth
- Your spouse or de facto partner gives birth
- You adopt a child under 16 years of age
The basic entitlement is 12 months of unpaid parental leave. You can also request an additional 12 months of leave.
Some people are also entitled to have some of this leave paid (see info below).
Am I eligible for parental leave?
You are able to take parental leave if you are a permanent employee and you:
1. Have worked for your employer for at least 12 months
- Before the date or expected date of birth if you are pregnant
- Before the date of the adoption, or
- When the leave starts (if the leave is taken after another person cares for the child or takes parental leave)
2. Have or will have responsibility for the care of a child
If you are a casual employee, you will need to have:
- Been working for your employer on a regular and systematic basis for at least 12 months
- A reasonable expectation of continuing work with the employer on a regular and systematic basis, had it not been for the birth or adoption of a child.
Can I access paid parental leave?
The FSU negotiates for paid parental leave wherever possible. As a result, many employers in the finance industry provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave. This is in addition to the government-funded paid parental leave scheme, which is currently 18 weeks’ pay at the minimum wage.
How much paid parental leave is in my agreement?
If you work for one of the major financial institutions you can check your paid parental leave entitlement below. If your employer isn’t on this list, visit our awards and agreements page to see how much paid leave is provided in your Enterprise Agreement. You can also visit the Department of Human Services website for information about the government-funded paid parental leave scheme.
|ANZ Enterprise Agreement 2015-2016||
|Commonwealth Bank Group Enterprise Agreement 2016
|NAB Enterprise Agreement 2016
|Westpac Group Enterprise Agreement 2019||
|IAG Enterprise Agreement 2016||
|Bankwest Enterprise Agreement 2016
|ME Bank Enterprise Agreement 2013||
The information above is general and might not apply to your individual circumstances. For specific advice about your situation, contact FSU on 1300 366 378.