Showing Australian companies how it’s done: WGEA release Best Practice Guide for Parental Leave Policies

“For many employees, combining work with caring responsibilities is a part of everyday life. In 2018, families with two working parents  are now more common than the more traditional family structure where only one parent participates in paid employment. Despite the changing structure of family life, women are still far more likely to identify as the ‘primary carer’ of a child. When employers encourage men to engage in the care of children, they help counter the disproportionate amount of responsibility that women currently shoulder.”

Excerpt from the WGEA Developing a Leading Practice Parental Leave Policy Employer Guide, August 2018.

Australia’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) introduced their Developing a Leading Practice Parental Leave Policy guide at our recent Advancing Parental Leave for Australian Fathers business forum in Sydney and Melbourne.

The Best Practice Guide was launched alongside the Aussie Dads photographic series exhibition by acclaimed Swedish photographer Johan Bävman. To coincide with both of these, Parents At Work have also developed a whitepaper and business case for action – Advancing Parental Leave Equality and Introducing Shared Care in Australia.

Parental leave in Australia is lacking, and businesses are beginning to realise the importance – socially, mentally, and emotionally – that their parental leave policy has, and what an impact it makes on not only employees’ lives but the economic position of their company.

WGEA have developed their Best Practice Guide as a way to assist employers in developing and implementing a parental leave policy for their organisation. Developing a Leading Practice Parental Leave Policy discusses the current government Paid Parental Leave scheme as well as leading business examples, and outlines the steps organisations need to take to implement a leading practice parental leave policy. These include building a business case, drawing on leading practice, and engaging employees, amongst others.

To read the WGEA Developing a Leading Practice Parental Leave Policy Best Practice Guide in full, download here.

For a free download of the recent Parents At Work whitepaper Advancing Parental Leave Equality and Introducing Shared Care in Australia, click here.

 

Watch below to listen to Libby Lyons, Director of WGEA, discuss the guide at the Advancing Parental Leave Equality for Australian Fathers business forum event in Sydney on 23 August.