Supplementary Order Paper No 15

No 15

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill


Proposed amendments to Supplementary Order Paper No 472

Sue Moroney, in Committee, to move the following amendments:

Clause 4

Replace clause 4 with:

4 Purpose
  • The purpose of this Act is to extend the duration of maternity leave, paternity leave, extended leave, and the parental leave payment to a maximum of 26 weeks in respect of a person who gives birth—

    • (a) to 2 or more children as a result of 1 pregnancy and assumes or intends to assume the care of those children; or

    • (b) to 1 or more surviving children before 37 weeks of gestation; or

    • (c) to a child whose impairment would entitle the person to a government-funded disability support service.

Clause 5

Replace clause 5 with:

5 Section 71J amended (Duration of parental leave payment)
  • (1) In section 71J(b), replace 16 weeks. with 16 weeks; or and after paragraph (b), insert:

    • (c) for 22 weeks in respect of a person who gives birth—

      • (i) to 2 or more children as a result of 1 pregnancy and assumes or intends to assume the care of those children; or

      • (ii) to 1 or more children before 37 weeks of gestation, where the child or children survive birth for the duration of the parental leave payment; or

      • (iii) to a child whose impairment would entitle the person to a government-funded disability support service.

    (2) Replace section 71J(c) with:

    • (c) for 26 weeks in respect of a person who gives birth—

      • (i) to 2 or more children as a result of 1 pregnancy and assumes or intends to assume the care of those children; or

      • (ii) to 1 or more children before 37 weeks of gestation, where the child or children survive birth for the duration of the parental leave payment; or

      • (iii) to a child whose impairment would entitle the person to a government-funded disability support service.

New clause 6

In new clause 6(1), replace Replace 16 weeks with 22 weeks in the following provisions: with In the following provisions, 16 weeks means 16 weeks, or in respect of a person who gives birth either to 2 or more children as a result of 1 pregnancy and assumes or intends to assume the care of those children, or to 1 or more children before 37 weeks of gestation where the child or children survive birth for the duration of the parental leave payment, or to a child whose impairment would entitle the person to a government-funded disability support service, 22 weeks:.

In new clause 6(2), replace Replace 22 weeks with 26 weeks in the following provisions: with In the following provisions, 16 weeks means 16 weeks, or in respect of a person who gives birth either to 2 or more children as a result of 1 pregnancy and assumes or intends to assume the care of those children, or to 1 or more children before 37 weeks of gestation where the child or children survive birth for the duration of the parental leave payment, or to a child whose impairment would entitle the person to a government-funded disability support service, 26 weeks:.

Delete new clause 6(3) and (4).

New clause 7

In new clause 7(1), replace In the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Regulations 2002, replace 16 weeks with 22 weeks in the following provisions: with In the following provisions of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Regulations 2002, 16 weeks means 16 weeks, or in respect of a person who gives birth either to 2 or more children as a result of 1 pregnancy and assumes or intends to assume the care of those children, or to 1 or more children before 37 weeks of gestation where the child or children survive birth for the duration of the parental leave payment, or to a child whose impairment would entitle the person to a government-funded disability support service, 22 weeks:.

In new clause 7(2), replace In the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Regulations 2002, replace 22 weeks with 26 weeks in the following provisions: with In the following provisions of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Regulations 2002, 16 weeks means 16 weeks, or in respect of a person who gives birth either to 2 or more children as a result of 1 pregnancy and assumes or intends to assume the care of those children, or to 1 or more children before 37 weeks of gestation where the child or children survive birth for the duration of the parental leave payment, or to a child whose impairment would entitle the person to a government-funded disability support service, 26 weeks:.


Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends Supplementary Order Paper No 472 to restrict the extension of paid parental leave to 26 weeks to parents who have 2 or more children as a result of 1 pregnancy, to those whose pregnancy results in a live birth before 37 weeks of gestation, and to those who have a child whose impairment would entitle the parents to a government-funded disability support service.