WWRG Consultation with the National Foundation for Australian Women and Security for Women

WWRG Consultation,

27th Oct 2008  09:45 am - 11:55 am

Paid Parental Leave Consultation Morning *

On 29 September 2008, Australia moved a step closer to a mandatory paid parental leave scheme with the release of the Productivity Commission's draft report entitled 'Paid Parental Leave: Support for Parents with Newborn Children'.

The Commission recommended 18 weeks' paid leave at the adult minimum wage that can be shared by eligible parents, with an additional two weeks of paternity leave reserved for the father (or same sex partner).

The Commission is currently seeking responses on the draft report which are due by 14 November 2008.

The purpose of this consultation is to discuss issues arising from the Productivity Commission's draft report in order to assist responses.


9:45am Registration and coffee
10:00am Welcome: Associate Professor Marian Baird (USyd)
10:05am Overview: MarieColeman NFAW
10:15am Productivity Commission's Recommendations: Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald
10:40am Questions to Commissioner Fitzgerald
11:00am (Commissioner Fitzgerald departs) Small group discussions
11:20am Group feedback
11:40am Summary and conclusions
11:55am Closing words: Marie Coleman NFAW

* This consultation was part of a national series coordinated by the National Foundation For Australian Women and Security For Women with funding from the Federal Minister for the Status of Women, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek.