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Paid Parental Leave: Support for Parents with Newborn Children


  • Productivity Commission


While Australia's consumer policy framework has considerable strengths, parts of it require an overhaul. The current division of responsibility for the framework between the Australian and State and Territory Governments leads to variable outcomes for consumers, added costs for businesses and a lack of responsiveness in policy making. There are gaps and inconsistencies in the policy and enforcement tool kit and weaknesses in redress mechanisms for consumers. These problems will make it increasingly difficult to respond to rapidly changing consumer markets, meaning that the associated costs for consumers and the community will continue to grow. Addressing these problems will have significant direct benefits for consumers. Also, by better engaging and empowering consumers and furthering the development of nationally competitive markets, reform will enhance productivity and innovation.

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  • Productivity Commission, 2009. "Paid Parental Leave: Support for Parents with Newborn Children," Inquiry Reports, Productivity Commission, Government of Australia, number 47.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:prodir:47
    Note: 585 pages

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    1. Tim Higgins & Bruce Chapman, 2009. "An Income contingent Loan for Extending Paid Parental Leave," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 12(2), pages 197-216.
    2. Sue Williamson, 2015. "A case study of regulatory confusion: Paid parental leave and public servants," The Economic and Labour Relations Review, , vol. 26(3), pages 430-447, September.
    3. Guyonne Kalb, 2018. "Paid Parental Leave and Female Labour Supply: AÂ Review," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 94(304), pages 80-100, March.
    4. Micaela Bassford & Hayley Fisher, 2020. "The Impact of Paid Parental Leave on Fertility Intentions," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 96(315), pages 402-430, December.
    5. Townsend, Belinda & Strazdins, Lyndall & Harris, Patrick & Baum, Fran & Friel, Sharon, 2020. "Bringing in critical frameworks to investigate agenda-setting for the social determinants of health: Lessons from a multiple framework analysis," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 250(C).
    6. Marian Baird & John Murray, 2014. "Collective bargaining for paid parental leave in Australia 2005–2010: A complex context effect," The Economic and Labour Relations Review, , vol. 25(1), pages 47-62, March.
    7. Yekaterina Chzhen & Karen Mumford & Catia Nicodemo, 2013. "The Gender Pay Gap in the Australian Private Sector: Is Selection Relevant Across the Earnings Distribution?," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 89(286), pages 367-381, September.
    8. Gillian Whitehouse & Hideki Nakazato, 2021. "Dimensions of Social Equality in Paid Parental Leave Policy Design: Comparing Australia and Japan," Social Inclusion, Cogitatio Press, vol. 9(2), pages 288-299.
    9. Anam Bilgrami & Kompal Sinha & Henry Cutler, 2020. "The impact of introducing a national scheme for paid parental leave on maternal mental health outcomes," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 29(12), pages 1657-1681, December.
    10. Ann Evans, 2021. "Reflecting on 21 Years of the HILDA Survey," Australian Economic Review, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, vol. 54(4), pages 462-468, December.
    11. Aitken, Zoe & Garrett, Cameryn C. & Hewitt, Belinda & Keogh, Louise & Hocking, Jane S. & Kavanagh, Anne M., 2015. "The maternal health outcomes of paid maternity leave: A systematic review," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 130(C), pages 32-41.

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    working conditions; employment policy; maternity benefits; paternity benefits;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • H - Public Economics
    • K - Law and Economics


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