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How Does Australia’s Paid Parental Leave Stack Up Against The Rest Of The World?

Proposed changes to Paid Parental Leave (PPL) have reignited debate about just how mums can balance a career and motherhood in the The Lucky Country. As the federal government looks to reign in entitlements, The Healthy Mummy is exploring just how our benefits stack up to the rest of the world.

parental leave in different countries

Australia

Working parents in Australia can currently access up to 18 weeks of tax-payer funded parental leave pay, which is worth around $12,000. New mums who are eligible for PPL, can also access any maternity scheme their employer provides. This, however, is what the federal government is currently trying to stop – dubbed by some as ‘double-dipping’.

According to a recent OECD report, new mums in Australia who aren’t getting any extra parental payments from their employer, are actually getting less than two months pay, based on the national average wage.

Here’s what the same report found across the globe:

Estonia

  • Mums in Estonia have access to 166 weeks of paid leave, paid at the equivalent of 51 per cent of the national average wage.
  • This works out to be 85 weeks of leave when paid at Estonia’s average national salary.

New Zealand

  • In a scheme very similar to Australia’s, New Zealand mums get access to 16 weeks, paid at the equivalent of 47 per cent of the national average wage.
  • This works out to be 7.7 weeks of leave when paid at the average national salary.

Denmark

  • Mums can access 50 weeks, paid at the equivalent of 54 per cent of the national average wage.
  • This works out to be 27 weeks of leave when paid at the average national salary.

Hungary

  • Can access 160 weeks, paid at the equivalent of 44 per cent of the national average wage.
  • This works out to be 71 weeks of leave when paid at the average national salary.

Slovenia

  • Can access 52 weeks, paid at the equivalent of 92 per cent of the national average wage.
  • This works out to be 48.4 weeks of leave when paid at the average national salary.

United Kingdom

  • Can access 39 weeks, paid at the equivalent of 31 per cent of the national average wage.
  • This works out to be 12 weeks of leave when paid at the average national salary.

Lithuania

  • Can access 62 weeks, paid at 100 per cent of the national average wage.
parental leave worldwide

Paid leave worldwide via World Policy Centre

So, how does Australia compare?

With Australian mums given the equivalent of 7.6 weeks of paid parental leave, paid at the national wage, we’re down the bottom of the OECD worldwide list, on par with countries like New Zealand and Ireland. The US does not have any paid leave entitlements in place for mums.

The federal government last week introduced legislation that could limit a mum’s access to PPL, however Labor is hopeful Senate crossbenchers will block the move.

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Anita Butterworth

Anita is a journo from country Victoria who swapped the cut and thrust of television news for the joys of raising boys. When not writing about everything parenting, she's searching for the perfect cuppa and Instagram filter.

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