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Government pushes for 20 weeks paid parental leave for Australian dads 

Australian fathers can get up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave under new plan from Anthony Albanese government

  • Labor investigating whether both parents have access to 20 weeks of paid leave

Fathers could get up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave before their child turns two, according to a new plan being considered by the government.

Labor is reportedly investigating whether both parents have access to the 20 weeks of paid parental leave.

Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said she supported a move that would allow more men to stay at home with their babies.

‘Society has changed. Many more men do want to play a role. And many men say they want to be the primary caregiver for a period of time,” she said The Australian.

Dads can get up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave before their child turns two, under new plan being weighed up by government

Dads can get up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave before their child turns two, under new plan being weighed up by government

Currently, the primary care provider in a relationship gets 18 weeks of paid leave at minimum wage, while men typically only get two weeks.

Georgie Dent, the director of The Parenthood, the family advocacy group, said Aussie dads took less than 20 percent of the paid parental leave that dads around the world did.

“That’s because, other than America, our policy institutions have the least adequate paid parental leave scheme in the OECD,” she said.

Ms Dent said that leave should be flexible and that parents should take a month off here and there in the first year of their child’s life.

Her association is pushing for 12 months paid parental leave shared by the couple at full wages.

Ms Rishworth said parental leave is needed to reflect changes in gender roles.

“I’m not going to be too prescriptive now. I’m going to have those conversations with Australian families. I’ve had my own experience, where my husband took a 12-month leave of his own. It was unpaid,’ she said.

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