“We could divvy that up between us both and I could take four months and my husband could take two – that would be good for not only myself to get back to work sooner but also for developing the bond between him and the baby,” she said.
Ms Arnott-Goddard was able to take her son with her to work at a childcare centre. Source: Supplied
As part of the new scheme, single parents will also be able to access the full 26 weeks, while the leave will be made more flexible with parents able to take it in blocks between periods of paid work.
“We’ve long called for reform to the paid parental leave system because providing adequate time off to new parents and encouraging equal sharing of care is good for the economy and good for families,” she said.
“And phasing this in over four years is an insult when women have waited for over a decade for decent paid parental leave.”
Greens Senator Larissa Waters is among those calling for the paid parental leave scheme to include superannuation. Source: AAP / MICK TSIKAS
Ms Waters said scrapping the planned would help fund the proposed increase.
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The non-primary carer can also take a fortnight of government-paid leave at the same minimum wage rate, but must not be working or taking paid employer leave during this period.
“But what is significant is that for 11 years, no meaningful change has been introduced, and it’s also significant that the Prime Minister has said that this is just the starting point from which they would like to build upon.”
The Parenthood executive director Georgie Dent has welcomed reforms to the paid parental leave scheme. Source: Supplied
Ms Dent said it was important changes to the scheme helped to better address the gender pay gap, such as encouraging more fathers to take extended leave.
Further details of the parental leave plan will be announced in the budget later this month.