Dads

Why aren’t Australian dads taking parental leave?

We know that Australia is lagging well behind other OECD countries when it comes to fathers’ uptake of parental leave. According to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency scorecard in 2017, men represented 4.7% of all Australian employees who took primary carers leave. Parents at Work CEO Emma Walsh talked to ABC Radio’s Life Matters program…

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Dads overcoming the barriers in the workplace to taking parental leave

Research conducted by an advocacy group for working parents found 53 per cent of fathers felt their workplace was not supportive of them taking parental leave. Why is this? A new ABC article takes a look at the reasons behind men’s low uptake of parental leave – including the few leave options available to men in…

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Why I’m ditching the super parent fantasy in 2019

January brings relaxing times and quieter days for some but not all. For parents of young kids and babies, the family tempo may have reduced marginally from manic sprint to marathon jog. But it’s unlikely your ‘holiday’ was filled with breezy afternoons napping, swimming, and relaxing  unencumbered by the ties of responsibility. You had kids…

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Why we do what we do: the Parental Leave Equality campaign 2018

  As we look back on this busy and jam-packed year, we’re feeling a little proud of Parents At Work. Much of our effort this year has been campaigning to get the message of #ParentalLeaveEquality out there – and we know from our work with employers that we have paved the way for introducing better…

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Dads care too – recognising the rights and needs of fathers as carers

It’s 70 years today since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – it’s a day to reflect, as a global community, that we must continue to strive for the advancement of human rights for all. This year, Parents At Work has been advocating for #ParentalLeaveEquality. It’s about equally supporting both mothers and fathers to enable…

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Achieving Parental Leave Equality Sydney: Roundtable Discussion Report

  ‘Despite the rapid rate in which mothers have returned to the workforce over the past 10 – 20 years, there has been almost zero shift in the percentage of men taking up parental leave or opting to stay at home as the primary carer.’ – Excerpt from Roundtable Discussion Report The first national roundtable…

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The bad news that motivates us even more: parental leave progress stalled

WGEA have just released their latest Gender Equality Scorecard for 2017-2018, and it’s not great news – especially for parental leave equality. As we look back on five years of equality progress in Australia, there are some wins and there are definitely some losses. “There are a few problem areas. Access to parental leave has…

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Dads, Emotions & Keeping it Real – Gus Worland Interview

  You don’t need to look further than an 8-year-old boy’s soccer game on a Saturday afternoon to watch young boys have 1950’s phrases thrown at them by adults; “harden up princess”, “boys don’t cry”, “toughen up, mate”, “don’t be a sook”, “don’t be a girl”, “get over it”…the list goes on and on. Men’s…

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Parental Leave around the globe – what we can learn from it?

Alongside the recent launch of the WGEA’s Best Practice Guide – Developing a Leading Practice Parental Leave Policy, Parents At Work introduced a new whitepaper titled Advancing Parental Leave Equality and Introducing Shared Care in Australia: the business case for action. This whitepaper provides important insights into the current Parental Leave situation into Australia and…

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