Miracle Babies Foundation is continuing to advocate for greater support for families who have had a baby born premature or sick, requesting that a change be made in the Australian Government Paid Parental Leave Scheme to allow for additional entitlements for babies who spend 2 or more weeks in specialised care as a newborn.
We are thankful to all families who have shared their stories with us of how they were affected by the current paid parental leave scheme. We understand that familes have different experiences but is it apparent that PPL has impacted many financially, physically and emotionally. If you wish to share your story with us, click HERE.
These are just a few story submissions we have received:
In Australia, current parental leave allows employees to take time away from work for the birth of their children. Eligible employees who are the primary carer of a newborn currently receive up to 20 weeks' paid parental leave at the national minimum wage. In addition to this, eligible working dads and partners (including same-sex partners) get two weeks leave paid at the national minimum wage (Reference: Fair Work Ombudsman - Parental Leave). We propose that parents of premature and sick newborns receive one week of extra paid parental leave for every week a baby is in hospital beyond two weeks, with a maximum of 14 weeks of extra pay.
Support our message for improvements to the Australian Government Paid Parental Leave (PPL) Legislation for parents of premature and sick babies.
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