Paid Parental Leave: Support for Parents with Newborn Children

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This inquiry report was released on 12 May 2009.

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Contents

  • Chapter Preliminaries
    • Cover, Copyright, Terms of reference, Contents, Acknowledgments, Abbreviations and Glossary
  • Chapter Overview - including key points
  • Recommendations
  • Chapter 1 Objectives of statutory paid parental leave
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 What has the Commission been asked to do?
    • 1.3 What objectives might a mandatory scheme seek to achieve?
    • 1.4 Some rationales are stronger than others
    • 1.5 Some issues for scheme design
  • Chapter 2 What we are proposing and why
    • 2.1 How to view the model
    • 2.2 The model
    • 2.3 How financially generous should the scheme be?
    • 2.4 Who should finance the scheme?
    • 2.5 Eligibility and requirements for use
    • 2.6 The duration and timing of leave
    • 2.7 Measures to reduce business burdens
    • 2.8 Complementary policies
    • 2.9 The cost of the scheme
    • 2.10 Review
  • Chapter 3 Parental leave in Australia today
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 What are the rules governing parental leave now?
    • 3.3 Who is eligible for parental leave?
    • 3.4 The current usage of parental leave in Australia
    • 3.5 Summary
  • Chapter 4 Child and maternal welfare
    • 4.1 Leave prior to the birth of a child
    • 4.2 Maternal recovery
    • 4.3 Breastfeeding – benefits for children and mothers
    • 4.4 Child health (breastfeeding aside) and development
    • 4.5 Fathers
    • 4.6 Choosing an optimal leave period
  • Chapter 5 The labour market impacts of paid parental leave
    • 5.1 The dimensions of labour market impacts
    • 5.2 The female labour market experience
    • 5.3 Labour market outcomes as a rationale for action
    • 5.4 The labour market impacts of paid parental leave
    • 5.5 The empirical evidence
    • 5.6 The bottom line
  • Chapter 6 Social and cultural issues
    • 6.1 Introduction
    • 6.2 Supporting people's efforts to balance paid work and family life
    • 6.3 Greater opportunities for fathers
    • 6.4 Gender equity objectives
    • 6.5 Reflecting society's norms
  • Chapter 7 Business impacts
    • 7.1 Introduction
    • 7.2 Business costs
    • 7.3 Business benefits
    • 7.4 Effects on existing voluntary schemes
  • Chapter 8 Financing and delivery options
    • 8.1 Introduction
    • 8.2 Direct employer financing
    • 8.3 Pooled levy arrangements
    • 8.4 Portable leave savings accounts
    • 8.5 Income contingent loans
    • 8.6 Concessional business tax arrangements
    • 8.7 Parental leave financed through general government revenue
    • 8.8 Delivery options
  • Chapter 9 Interaction with social welfare payments
    • 9.1 Interaction with other government payments
    • 9.2 Interaction with the tax system
    • 9.3 The bottom line
  • Appendix A Consultations
  • Appendix B How much will it cost?
  • References

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