From 1 July 2023, reforms will be introduced to make the Paid Parental Leave Scheme flexible for families so that either parent is able to claim the payment and both birth parents and non-birth parents are allowed to receive the payment if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Parents will also be able to claim weeks of the payment concurrently so they can take leave at the same time. Greater flexibility will encourage better balance between paid work and caring responsibilities.
From 1 July 2024, the government will start expanding the scheme by two additional weeks a year until it reaches a full 26 weeks from 1 July 2026.
Both parents will be able to share the leave entitlement, with a proportion maintained on a “use it or lose it” basis, to encourage both parents to access the scheme and to share the caring responsibilities more equally. Sole parents will be able to access the full 26 weeks.
It’s important to note that superannuation is not included in the Paid Parental Leave scheme.
Proposed start date: After 1 July 2023