|Title:||Commonwealth Paid Parental Leave|
|Document ID:||Information Circular IC 0089/11|
|Date of issue:||Monday, 11 April 2011|
|Description:||Advice of new Commonwealth Paid Parental leave scheme and implementation guidelines|
|Legal requirements:||Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
|Applicable to:||WA Health|
|Period of effect:||from 1 January 2011 to 30 June 2012|
|Authorised by:||Marshall Warner, Director, Health Industrial Relations Service, 14-Feb-2011|
|Print version:||View print version|
Commonwealth Paid Parental Leave
The Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 (the Act) has introduced a national paid parental leave scheme which commenced operation on 1 January 2011.
The Act provides eligible employees with 18 weeks parental leave pay at the national minimum wage (currently $570 per week) on the birth or adoption of a child.
Department of Commerce have issued Implementation Guidelines for the Western Australian Public Sector (attached) which provide further information on the Commonwealth’s paid parental leave and the obligations of WA Health as part of the WA public sector.
WA Health will administer the paid parental scheme from 1 July 2011 for eligible employees who have had 12 months continuous service with the Western Australian public sector. For the period 1 January 2011 to 30 June 2011, eligible employees will receive parental leave payments direct from the Commonwealth Family Assistance Office (FAO).
The Commonwealth paid parental leave is independent from and in addition to the paid parental leave provisions contained in WA Health Industrial Agreements. An eligible employee is entitled to both the 14 weeks paid parental leave and the 18 weeks Commonwealth paid parental leave.
The FAO determines an employee’s eligibility to the scheme, and the employer will receive funds directly from the FAO to provide to eligible employees in the regular pay cycles.
Any requests for information on the scheme from employees should be referred to the FAO on 13 61 50 or www.familyassist.gov.au.
Further information on the access to the keeping in touch provisions has been issued by Department of Commerce in Circular to Departments and Authorities No.2 of 2011 (attached). There is an unintended consequence of the legislation that access to the keeping in touch provisions may constitute a break in service affecting the employee’s entitled to unpaid parental leave and other flow on consequences.
Accordingly, WA Health must not require or approve employees who are eligible for the Commonwealth’s paid parental leave scheme to attend work for purposes of keeping in touch, until amendments to the legislation have been made.
Any queries regarding this circular can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This circular last updated: Monday, 11 April 2011 at 3:40pm