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- Start of Business
- Paid Parental Leave and Other Legislation Amendment (Consolidation) Bill 2011
- Superannuation Legislation Amendment (MySuper Core Provisions) Bill 2011
- Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2011
- Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment (Tuition Protection Service and Other Measures) Bill 2011, Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Tuition Protection Service) Bill 2011, Education Services for Overseas Students (TPS Levies) Bill 2011
- Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Tuition Protection Service) Bill 2011
- Education Services for Overseas Students (TPS Levies) Bill 2011
- PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS
- Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011, Minerals Resource Rent Tax (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2011, Minerals Resource Rent Tax (Imposition—General) Bill 2011, Minerals Resource Rent Tax (Imposition—Customs) Bill 2011, Minerals Resource Rent Tax (Imposition—Excise) Bill 2011, Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Amendment Bill 2011, Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (Imposition—General) Bill 2011, Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (Imposition—Customs) Bill 2011, Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (Imposition—Excise) Bill 2011, Tax Laws Amendment (Stronger, Fairer, Simpler and Other Measures) Bill 2011, Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Amendment Bill 2011
STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS
- Nestle Battle of the Top End Girls Academies
- Bass Electorate: Singfest
- Petition: Medicare Centre in Narellan
- Heart and Stroke Parliamentary Friendship Group
- Swan Electorate: Lynwood Village Shopping Centre
- Belconnen Arts Centre
- Australian Volunteers Overseas
- Cardinia Primary School
- Airlie Beach
- Atherton, Gwenneth and George
- Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report
- QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE
- DISTINGUISHED VISITORS
QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE
(Ripoll, Bernie, MP, Albanese, Anthony, MP)
(Hockey, Joe, MP, Swan, Wayne, MP)
(Crook, Tony, MP, Swan, Wayne, MP)
(Owens, Julie, MP, Crean, Simon, MP)
(Turnbull, Malcolm, MP, Swan, Wayne, MP)
(Bird, Sharon, MP, Ferguson, Martin, MP)
(Bishop, Julie, MP, Swan, Wayne, MP)
(Perrett, Graham, MP, Shorten, Bill, MP)
Australian Labor Party: Leadership
(Pyne, Christopher, MP, Swan, Wayne, MP)
(Jones, Stephen, MP, Albanese, Anthony, MP)
(Morrison, Scott, MP, Swan, Wayne, MP)
(Neumann, Shayne, MP, Butler, Mark, MP)
(Baldwin, Bob, MP, Swan, Wayne, MP)
(Fitzgibbon, Joel, MP, Emerson, Craig, MP)
(Bishop, Julie, MP, Rudd, Kevin, MP)
(Parke, Melissa, MP, Swan, Wayne, MP)
- STATEMENTS ON INDULGENCE
- PERSONAL EXPLANATIONS
- QUESTIONS TO THE SPEAKER
- AUDITOR-GENERAL'S REPORTS
- MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE
- Slipper, Peter, MP
- Casey Electorate: Mental Health Fun Run, Casey Electorate: Relay for Life
- Canberra Electorate: Order of Australia Recipients
- Small Business
- Western Australia: Manufacturing
- Murray Darling Basin
- Start of Business
- Apple Imports
- Shalit, Mr Gilad
- ACRES (Asia-Pacific)
- Holt Electorate: Serious Tennis, Holt Electorate: Doveton Show
- Bennelong Electorate: Trilevel Government Meeting
- Bass Electorate: Defence Science and Technology Organisation Facilities
- Child Protection
- Penshurst Volcanoes Discovery Centre
- Fusion Western Sydney
- Hayes, Chris, MP
- Local Government Election
- Carers Week
- Child Care
- Bass Electorate: Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality Training Centre
- National School Chaplaincy Program
- Woodlawn Bioreactor
- Coal Seam Gas
- Rowe, Mr Louis
- Learn Earn Legend! Program
- Men's Sheds
- Werriwa Electorate: Glenquarie Anglican Church, Werriwa Electorate: Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, Lawn Bowls
- Gippsland Electorate: Wetland Rehabilitation Project
- Australian Industry
- Glendi Greek Festival
- Poker Machines
- Financial Services
- Carbon Pricing
- Asylum Seekers
- Qantas, Workplace Relations
- Shortland Electorate: Swansea Police Station
- Bonner Electorate: Military Awards
- Braddon Electorate
- Petition: Childcare Funding
- Operation Open Heart
- White Ribbon Day
- Rhiannon, Senator Lee
- Minerals Resource Rent Tax
- Australia-India Relationship
- QUESTIONS IN WRITING
Thursday, 3 November 2011
Ms MACKLIN (Jagajaga—Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) (09:20): I move:
That this bill be now read a second time.
The Australian government believes that every child deserves the best start in life.
On 1 January 2011, this government delivered Australia's first national Paid Parental Leave scheme.
This historic reform provides eligible working parents with parental leave pay for up to 18 weeks at the national minimum wage.
This means that new parents can take time off to spend those precious few months with their new baby—without putting more pressure on the family budget.
This is real support going to Australian families right now—which lets them take time off to spend with their new babies, and helps them to give their children the best start in life.
This bill makes minor refinements to the legislation for the Paid Parental Leave scheme, by making amendments to improve clarity and consistency and making consequential amendments to the fair work legislation.
The amendments to the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 will clarify notice provisions and processes for the recovery of debts, as well as refining provisions concerning delegations and nominees.
Good employees are important to a business, so it makes sense that, when an employee takes time off to care for a new baby, an employer would want to stay in touch with that employee—usually a new mum.
The Australian government's Paid Parental Leave scheme allows employees to 'keep in touch' with their workplace through training and professional development if they want to while on a period of paid parental leave. This provision helps make sure that women on parental leave have the same access to opportunities as other employees. This bill will amend the Paid Parental Leave Act so that a keeping-in-touch day that is taken at the request of the employer cannot occur within six weeks after the child's birth (or the placement of the child, in the case of an adoption). This amendment will allow sufficient time after the birth of a child for the mother to recover physically and will give her an uninterrupted period of six weeks for bonding with the child.
There will be a limited exception where an employee suggests or requests that they perform work on the keeping-in-touch day, in which case the day cannot be taken within two weeks after the child's birth (or placement of the child, in the case of an adoption). This exception will retain flexibility for employees.
A further amendment to the legislation will also allow employees who have completed 12 months continuous service with the Commonwealth to be paid by the Commonwealth agency they work for, regardless of how long they have been with that agency.
The bill will also make minor amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009. The Fair Work Act will be amended to make sure that employees on unpaid parental leave under the National Employment Standards will be able to perform paid work for up to 10 days for the purposes of keeping in touch with their employer. This will align with the keeping-in-touch arrangements under the Paid Parental Leave Act.
Under the Fair Work Act, eligible employees have the right to request an additional period of unpaid parental leave of up to 12 months. Employees who take additional unpaid leave will also get up to 10 additional keeping-in-touch days.
Under the Paid Parental Leave Act, employers have to provide written notice of parental leave pay to their employees. This bill will insert a note in the payslip provision of the Fair Work Act referring employers to this obligation.
The bill will also insert a number of notes into the Paid Parental Leave Act to refer readers to important provisions in the Fair Work Act which deal with, amongst other things, the new keeping-in-touch provisions, and protections against coercion and undue influence.
To provide greater flexibility for pregnant employees prior to the birth of a child, the Fair Work Act will be amended to allow an employee and employer to agree to unpaid parental leave commencing earlier than six weeks prior to the expected date of birth.
The Fair Work Act will also be amended to give parents the right to return to their employment, subject to four weeks' notice, in the event of a stillbirth or infant death.
The government's Paid Parental Leave scheme delivers real support to Australian families with a new baby. It is supporting Australian families to give their children the best start in life.
It is another historic reform, delivered by this Labor government. I commend the bill to the House