Next Steps for Paid Parental Leave: Assessing and advancing leave policy in Australia

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This seminar was recorded on Thursday 22 August at the Australian National University. Please do not reproduce without permission.

The Australian Government Paid Parental Scheme was announced in 2009 to increase mother’s employment while supporting maternal and child health and gender equality. Ten years since this historic decision, research from the NHRMC funded CRE in the Social Determinants of Health Equity underscores how this policy has enabled more equitable and health promoting parental leave as well as workforce participation. It is now time to reflect on the impact of this social policy and what remains to be done. This event aims to provoke debate and explore new ideas on the next steps for paid parental leave.

The Australian National University (NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity at the Menzies Centre for Health Governance, PHXChange at Research School of Population Health and Gender Institute) and Families Australia, in collaboration with scholars from the Work + Family Policy Roundtable, are hosting a public panel discussion on The First 10 Years of Paid Parental Leave – What Have We Learned and Where Are We Heading?


Ásdís Aðalbjörg Arnalds University of Iceland

Prof. Marian Baird AO Work + Family Policy Roundtable, University of Sydney

Dr Belinda Townsend NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity, Menzies Centre for Health Governance, School of Regulation and Global Governance, ANU

Dr Liana Leach Research School of Population Health, ANU

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