HREOC: Welcomes paid maternity leave

Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, has applauded the federal government's announcement that funding for paid parental leave will be introduced, with a commencement date of 1 January 2011.

Commissioner Broderick said this was a great first step and emphasized the importance of effective awareness and education campaigns aimed at both employees and employers in the lead up to the commencement date.

"The implementation of a paid parental leave scheme in Australia is a major triumph for not only mothers and parents, but for our community," said Commissioner Broderick. "Not only does it send a strong message that women matter in Australian workplaces, but it is a critical piece of social infrastructure that will help deliver stronger economic outcomes for families, businesses, the economy and our community as a whole," she said.

Commissioner Broderick said it was significant that the government had seen fit to implement a paid parental leave scheme despite the extremely challenging economic circumstances facing Australia at present.

14 May, 2009

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