Parental leave in Australia: Beyond the statistical gap

Whitehouse, Gillian, Baird, Marian, Diamond, Chris and Soloff, Carol (2007) Parental leave in Australia: Beyond the statistical gap. Journal of Industrial Relations, 49 1: 103-112. doi:10.1177/0022185607072253

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Author Whitehouse, Gillian
Baird, Marian
Diamond, Chris
Soloff, Carol
Title Parental leave in Australia: Beyond the statistical gap
Journal name Journal of Industrial Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-1856
Publication date 2007-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0022185607072253
Open Access Status
Volume 49
Issue 1
Start page 103
End page 112
Total pages 10
Editor B. Ellem
R. Lansbury
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 379901 Gender Specific Studies
750199 Work not elsewhere classified
Abstract Information on the uptake of parental leave policies and the work experiences of parents prior to and following the birth of a child is extremely limited in Australia. In this research note we outline the development of, and some initial findings from, a survey designed to fill this statistical gap. We discuss methodological issues associated with collecting this type of data and present preliminary snapshots of the use of maternity and paternity leave in Australia in 2005. Our goal is to identify pathways beyond the statistical gap, both in the sense of providing basic statistics that are currently 'missing' and in extending the range and quality of information available on parental leave in Australia.
Keyword Employment
Maternity leave
Parental leave
Paternity leave
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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