Victoria strengthens parental leave for public servants

By David Donaldson

October 17, 2018

The Victorian government will make it easier for public servants to access parental leave, in a move it hopes will help attract and retain talent in the VPS.

The changes remove the current 12 month qualifying period for accessing paid parental leave entitlements, and double the secondary caregiver parental leave entitlement from two to four weeks.

The government hopes doubling the secondary caregiver parental leave entitlement will encourage working partners — mostly fathers — to assume a greater share of caring responsibilities.

The changes apply to employees covered by the VPS enterprise agreement and will take effect from January 1, 2019.

“These changes will have an enormous positive impact on the lives of working parents across the public service,” said Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings in a statement.

“Supporting working parents through fair and accessible paid parental and caregiver leave is critical to closing the gender pay gap.

“The changes announced today demonstrate the government’s ongoing commitment to gender equity.”

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