Pressure from union makes workplaces more family-friendly.
After campaigning by unions such as the PSA/CPSU NSW, the State Government has made a number of amendments to Parental Leave entitlements.
Changes to entitlements include:
- Removal of the distinction between primary and secondary caregiver to remove gender bias
- Capacity for two weeks, concurrency for parents taking leave
- Two bonus weeks of leave can be shared between caregivers, or both weeks utilised by one parent, when other parental leave is exhausted
- Expansion of eligibility to include employees providing Out of Home Care if there is a permanent out of home care arrangement in place
- Leave can be taken at any time in the first two years after the child is born
- Five days’ paid leave per calendar year for IVF fertility treatment, which can be taken in part-days, single days or consecutive days.
The NSW Government had announced changes to the parental leave provisions for Public Sector workers in the 2022-23 State Budget.
This followed the PSA, along with other public sector unions, advocating for improvements to parental leave through the Women’s Economic Opportunities Review.