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Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2016

Originating house
House of Representatives
Not Proceeding
Social Services


Amends the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 to: provide that parental leave pay under the Paid Parental Leave scheme will only be provided to parents who have no employer-provided paid primary carer leave, or whose employer-provided paid primary carer leave is for a period less than 18 weeks or is paid at a rate below the full-time national minimum wage; remove the requirement for employers to provide paid parental leave to eligible employees, unless an employer chooses to manage the payment to employees and the employees agree for the employer to pay them; extend the application of the four-week backdating rule; modify the paid parental leave work test to take into account the circumstances of pregnant women in hazardous occupations and to extend the permissible break from eight to 12 weeks; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the proposed Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2016.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 20/10/16  
Second reading moved 20/10/16  
Discharged from Notice Paper 10/05/17  

Text of bill

  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (10/11/2016): Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (15/02/2017)