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Parental leave

Last updated August 2023

This chapter explains employees’ entitlements to paid and unpaid parental leave, and how to manage your obligations as an employer.

What are your employees’ parental leave entitlements?

Definition: Parental Leave

Parental leave is an employee’s entitlement to time off work to care for a child.

Employees have two types of parental leave entitlements:

  • paid parental leave; and
  • unpaid parental leave.

Your employees may be entitled to paid parental leave through:

  • the Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme;
  • your workplace parental leave policy; and/or
  • any applicable employment contract or enterprise agreement.