Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Productivity Commission investigation into paid parental leave

The Productivity Commission is carrying out a public inquiry into the economic and social costs and benefits of parental leave. It is looking at what is currently provided by Australian employers, and will seek to identify models of parental leave that could be used in Australia. It will examine which elements of these models, or combination of elements, may be suited to Australia, and why.

The Commission has prepared an Issues Paper to guide participants in areas it believes need to be addressed. It has also prepared a Personal Feedback Paper to elicit personal perspectives from individuals and small businesses so have your say. Both are available from its website.

The Commission encourages participants to make submissions on any issue raised in these papers or on any other issues they see as relevant. A first round of public hearings will be held in May, initial submissions are due in June, and a draft report will be released for comment in September. Details are at http://www.pc.gov.au/inquiry/parentalsupport.

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