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#1 Meee

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 11:24 AM

The govt is contemplating 18 weeks paid maternity for working parents who have worked atleast 330hrs leading up to the babies birth:

18 weeks paid @ $544 each week for mothers
2 weeks paid @ $544 each week for fathers

Baby bonus and family tax benefit will be forfeited during this paid period

Is this all accurate????
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 11:31 AM

Sounds correct to me..

The $544 will be taxable though.
I know the Baby Bonus will be forfeited for those who get paid maternity leave, not sure about the FTB though.
The Baby Bonus will still be paid to the Stay at Home Mums.
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 11:40 AM

Yep thats what I understood from it. One thing worth mentioning, it won't be introduced til 2011
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 11:43 AM

Does anyone know what happens to those who have their own business? Do we miss out on both or does the govt pay maternity leave to us too?

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 11:49 AM

If u are an employee of the business and get paid a wage, u would be eligible i'd say..
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 12:01 PM

QUOTE(Meee @ May 11 2009, 11:24 AM) View Post

The govt is contemplating 18 weeks paid maternity for working parents who have worked atleast 330hrs leading up to the babies birth:

18 weeks paid @ $544 each week for mothers
2 weeks paid @ $544 each week for fathers

Baby bonus and family tax benefit will be forfeited during this paid period


Hmmm....how does this affect part time workers?

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 12:04 PM

QUOTE(MrsSassy @ May 11 2009, 12:31 PM) View Post

Hmmm....how does this affect part time workers?


I'm guessing it will be pro-rata... who knows with the government though
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 12:41 PM

Well in that case. I'm better off with the baby bonus.

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 12:47 PM

There is also a good chance it will change a bit if the Senate don't like parts of it, I wouldn't be relying on anything until the bill actually passes....

And if your place of work has a maternity leave agreement already that overrides whatever the government offers (thankfully, ours is much better)
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 12:49 PM

QUOTE(bluenomi @ May 11 2009, 12:47 PM) View Post

And if your place of work has a maternity leave agreement already that overrides whatever the government offers (thankfully, ours is much better)

I hope our workplace doesn't ditch our current agreement. I'm returning to work in 2 weeks after a year off paid...

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 12:57 PM

I read this morning that the plan doesn't include the 2 weeks paternity leave recommended by the productivity commission.

I am pretty sure someone at my work will look much further into the proposed plan after the budget is released (I work in an area involved in women's policy). I'll be interested to see the full workings of the plan. Also, their reasoning for delaying its implementation until 2011 (election posisbly? Or if they give other reasons, besides the GFC).

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 01:04 PM

QUOTE(MrsSassy @ May 11 2009, 01:11 PM) View Post

Well in that case. I'm better off with the baby bonus.

I've worked out that we will only be better off by $3k...

QUOTE(bluenomi @ May 11 2009, 01:17 PM) View Post

There is also a good chance it will change a bit if the Senate don't like parts of it, I wouldn't be relying on anything until the bill actually passes....

And if your place of work has a maternity leave agreement already that overrides whatever the government offers (thankfully, ours is much better)

I'm waiting to see if there are any changes to it when it passes thru parliament.
If they bring the start date forward Nick Xenophon will be my best friend!!
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 01:16 PM

i believe the intention is for this to be in addition to existing paid mat leave provided by employers.

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 01:17 PM

QUOTE(bluenomi @ May 11 2009, 12:47 PM) View Post

TAnd if your place of work has a maternity leave agreement already that overrides whatever the government offers (thankfully, ours is much better)


Awesome, our maternity leave is worth more than the g;ment one, so I was worried the new one would override it.

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 01:27 PM

Here's what is being proposed:

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The Productivity's proposed model

Paid leave funded primarily by the federal government at minimum wage rates ($543.78 per week); will be taxed.
Employers to continue paying 9% superannuation on the paid leave.
Available to all working mothers who have worked at least 10 hours a week on average over the previous 12 months, with the same or various employers.
18 weeks to be taken after any other paid maternity leave provided by the employer.
18 weeks must begin within 6 months of the birth of the baby.
18 weeks not available before the birth.
18 weeks cannot be taken at half pay.
18 week payment not available to “stay at home” mothers who will continue to receive the baby bonus and Family Tax Benefit part B (a lesser amount).
2 weeks paid paternity leave.


In my case I wouldn't get it as I get a year paid. However if your mat leave policy covered 14 weeks paid, for instance, then you would get the additional 18 weeks after you'd used up your paid 14 weeks.




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