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Parental leave policies have become a major feature of family policies in OECD countries, however the share of men using parental leave remains low. Australian employers are moving away from traditional maternity leave policies and instead focusing on gender-neutral ‘parental leave’ for the primary carer.
The new gender-neutral policies create more options for families, allowing fathers to take time off work as the primary carer and mothers to return to work if they choose. A new WGEA issues paper explores parental leave, comparing Australia’s paid parental leave policies with international trends, as well as providing a breakdown on some of the efforts being taken by specific countries to try and close the parental leave usage gap.
The paper shows that even though there are more opportunities available for men to take parental leave, further change is needed culturally and economically before men feel comfortable stepping away from their jobs to take on the role of primary carer.
Download the issue paper, Towards gender balanced parental leave: Australian and international trends. You can also read the ABC article, Paid parental leave: six months of paid leave opens up options for mums and dads here.