I’ve put together this list of resources to guide the answers to some of our career mums FAQs.
Parental leave and family benefits
Maternity and parental leave
The National Employment Standards stipulate that all Australian employees are entitled to 12 months of parental leave. The Fair Work Ombudsman publishes detailed information about parental leave, including applying for parental leave, taking parental leave and keeping in touch with your employer while on leave.
Paid parental leave scheme
The Australian government’s parental leave pay is administered by the Department of Human Services. The website includes information in relation to eligibility and making a claim. The government also provides Dad and Partner pay for dads and partners caring for a new child.
Other family benefits
Return to work
Breastfeeding and expressing
Breastfeeding is a protected ground of discrimination. Failure by an employer to provide adequate breastfeeding facilities, such as a private room for expressing and a fridge to store breast milk, may constitute discrimination. More information is published by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Flexible working arrangements
Employees who have worked with the same employer for 12 months can request flexible working arrangements if they are the parent of a child who is school aged or younger. Employers can only refuse these requests on reasonable business grounds. The Fair Work Ombudsman publishes template letters which include ideas on how to request flexible working arangements.
Supporting working parents
Supporting Working Parents is an Australian government initiative which provides information and resources for working parents and their employers. The website includes guides to your rights in relation to pregnancy, parental leave and returning to work.
Child care providers
Find a local child care service using this wizard which includes all government approved child care facilities.
Child care rebates
The childcare rebate covers 50% of out of pocket child care expenses for approved child care, up to an annual limit per child. Find out more.
Mental health care
Post and Antenatal Depression Association (PANDA)
PANDA supports women, men and families to recover from post and antenatal depression and anxiety. Find out more.
NGALA works with families and communities to enhance their experience of parenting and the development of children. Find out more.
BeyondBlue provides information and support for those with depression and anxiety. They offer free support by telephone, email and online chat. Find out more.
Australian Breastfeeding Association
I also highly recommend the Breastfeeders in Australia Facebook group.