Stop cuts to working parents' time to care for their newborns

BREAKING: The Turnbull Government have just reintroduced their proposed cuts to paid parental leave. The Government's plan would tear leave time away from tens of thousands of new parents; and leave many unable to spend the expert recommended 26 weeks minimum time at home caring for their newborn.[1]

Expert analysis commissioned by Fair Agenda members has shown the Government's most recent proposed cuts would tear precious time at home away from tens of thousands of working parents -- including nurses, ambos, teachers and retail workers. 

The fate of these cuts will be decided by the Senate crossbench, with The Nick Xenophon Team expected to have the critical casting votes. Community campaigning has stopped the Turnbull Government from getting their plans to cut paid parental leave through the previous parliament. 

It's critical we show the Senate crossbench that the community oppose these cuts; and want them to stop these cruel cuts to new families. Can you sign the petition to join the campaign?

Find out more about the new cuts

When the Government's cuts were first proposed in January 2016 Fair Agenda members chipped in to fund expert modelling on their expected impact on working families. The report, conducted by the Women and Work Group at The University of Sydney can be downloaded here.

Don't have time to read the full report? Here are the key takeaways...

The recommended period of leave a new parent is supposed to spend with a  newborn is around 26 weeks.2

Right now new parents can access a combined package made up of government provided leave (18 weeks of income at the minimum wage), which they then have the option of topping up with any parental leave they have provided by their employer. This system was deliberately designed to be used in combination - to help lengthen the period of time a new parent can afford to care for and nurture their new baby. 

Under the new proposal, the government wants to turn the current 18 weeks of support it provides to eligible parents in this combined package from a minimum floor, to a ceiling - deducting the number of weeks leave provided by an employer from a new parent's government provided leave. This will slash the paid time at home thousands of new parents can access, and the time they can afford to care for their newborn baby.

In short, these cuts would be terrible for families and for our community. That's why it's critical we work together to stop them. Join us!



1. Has anyone in the Coalition ever actually met a pregnant woman? Sydney Morning Herald, 24 October 2016.

2. Productivity Commission Inquiry Report, Paid Parental Leave: Support for Parents with Newborn Children, February 2009, reference 2.41






It's hard enough caring for a newborn without being forced back to work early. Please don't cut working parents' right to the existing 18 weeks government paid parental leave. 


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Michelle , 6018  /  signed 2016-10-28 12:52:34 +1100
Anna , 2097  /  signed 2016-10-28 12:39:24 +1100
Lia , 6162  /  signed 2016-10-28 11:50:16 +1100
Anna , 3013  /  signed 2016-10-28 09:55:15 +1100
Claire , 2323  /  signed 2016-10-28 09:14:26 +1100
"The parental leave support provided by the government is already woefully underfunded – especially in comparison to other countries. A cut to this limited support is a disgrace. Hopefully the minister for women will provide support – oh, wait…"
Bethany , 3056  /  signed 2016-10-28 08:30:11 +1100
"this is dangerous legislation that undermines the whole PPL system. It is a disincentive for employers to have PPL at all, as it will be all cost & no benefit (PPL will no longer help them attract & retain good staff)."
Natasha , 2047  /  signed 2016-10-28 08:02:44 +1100
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Jodie , 2322  /  signed 2016-10-27 20:04:36 +1100
"All mums should have the opportunity to spend at least 6 months at home with their newborn"
Tori , 2093  /  signed 2016-10-27 19:30:53 +1100
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