Access to parental leave in Australia: evidence from Negotiating the Life Course

Whitehouse, G. M. (2006) Access to parental leave in Australia: evidence from Negotiating the Life Course. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 40 4: 489-503.


Author Whitehouse, G. M.
Title Access to parental leave in Australia: evidence from Negotiating the Life Course
Journal name Australian Journal of Social Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0157-6321
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 40
Issue 4
Start page 489
End page 503
Total pages 15
Editor Deborah Mitchell
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Council of Social Service
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
360100 Political Science
Abstract Although unpaid parental leave has been available to most Australian employees for more than a decade, and public sector legislation and company policies provide at least some employees with an entitlement to paid parental leave, there is as yet little information available on accessibility, take-up rates or the extent to which current leave provisions meet the needs of parents. In this paper, data from the Negotiating the Life Course survey are used to examine the first of these issues: accessibility. Variations in perceptions of access to paid and unpaid parental leave are examined in bivariate and multivariate analyses, which emphasise marked divisions in the Australian labour market between permanent and casual status. The data also suggest that access to unpaid parental leave is more variable than might be expected from a reading of formal legislative provisions, and raise questions over the accessibility of paid parental leave to those who need it most-employees with young children.
Keyword Social Issues
Q-Index Code C1

 
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