Having a baby
Delivering a Healthy WA
Having a baby

Pregnancy and work

A pregnant lady receiving care at a clinic

In some respects, your needs as a pregnant employee are different from the general workplace. It is important that managers respond to these needs by carefully considering the type of work performed during and after your pregnancy. You should seek medical advice and discuss work restrictions or potential problems with your employer at the earliest opportunity. Information on pregnancy and work is available from the South Australian Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service, the Western Australian Department of Commerce and WorkSafe WA.

» More about pregnancy and work (external site)
» More about pregnancy and parental leave (PDF)
» More about manual handling during pregnancy (external site)

Parental Leave

The term parental leave covers maternity leave, paternity leave and adoption leave. All full time, part time, contract and casual employees are entitled to unpaid parental leave after having completed 12 months continuous service with their employer. Pregnant employees can commence parental leave 6 weeks before the birth, but can choose to remain at work for longer. A medical certificate may be required if the employee wishes to work during the last 6 weeks of pregnancy. Information on parental leave is available from the Australian Government Fair Work Ombudsman and the Western Australian Department of Commerce.

» More about parental leave – Fair Work Ombudsman (external site)
» More about parental leave – Department of Commerce (PDF)

The Australian Government announced that it will introduce a comprehensive Paid Parental Leave scheme in the 2009-2010 budget. You will only be able to get Government Paid Parental Leave if your child is born or adopted on or after 1 January 2011. Information on the Paid Parental Leave scheme is available from the Australian Government Family Assistance Office.

» More about the Paid Parental Leave scheme (external site)


Further information

» Care options
» Development of your unborn baby
» Monitoring and tests for you and your baby's health
» When things don’t go as planned
» Lifestyle
» Relationships
» Mental health and emotional wellbeing


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