Parents to get access to 12 months leave after stillbirth

Parents dealing with a stillbirth or infant death will be guaranteed 12 month of unpaid parental leave, giving them the same entitlements as parents with healthy babies.

Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter announced the Coalition would increase provisions for families dealing with traumatic situations, saying the current guaranteed entitlement of six weeks of unpaid leave for a stillbirth or infant death was “insufficient for many parents who need more time before they return to work”.

Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter is moving to increase leave entitlements for parents of stillborn babies. Credit:iStock

“The government understands how devastating losing a child can be,” Mr Porter said in a statement on Wednesday.

Under new laws, to be introduced later in the autumn sitting of parliament, parents will be able to take 12 months of unpaid leave “should they need it”.


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