The Australian Government has introduced the Paid Parental Leave Scheme, which came into force following the passage of legislation in July 2010. The Paid Parental Leave Scheme has been introduced for parents that are the primary carers of children born or adopted on or after 1 January 2011.

The Federal Government's Paid Parental Leave Scheme provides up to 18 weeks of Paid Parental Leave payments to those deemed eligible. The payment is based on the national minimum weekly wage, currently set at $570.00 per week.

Employees who believe they have entitlement to Paid Parental Leave Scheme must apply to the Family Assistance Office (FAO). The FAO, not the University, has sole responsibility in determining eligibility to the Paid Parental Leave Scheme. The University recommends staff seek independent financial advice prior to considering any change to their entitlements.

The University of Queensland is now registered with the FAO. This means that UQ staff eligible under the government's Paid Parental Leave Scheme, will receive such payments via the University's payroll system. As such, the University has the responsibility to distribute funds provided by the FAO in accordance with instructions provided by the FAO to those employees they deem eligible to participate in the Paid Parental Leave Scheme. Paid Parental Leave Scheme payments will be made in line with the University's fortnightly pay cycle.

The Paid Parental Leave Scheme is a payment scheme and is not a leave entitlement. Paid Parental Leave Scheme payments are made to eligible employees in addition to any entitlement provided by the University under enterprise bargaining arrangements. The Federal Paid Parental Leave Scheme complements the University's existing entitlements under the Parental Leave Procedures (PPL 5.60.09 Parental Leave - https://ppl.app.uq.edu.au/content/5.60.09-parental-leave).

For full details and guidelines, you are encouraged to visit the FAO website http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/parental-leave-pay. Please contact the FAO if you consider you are eligible for the Federal Paid Parental Leave Scheme.

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