More flexible parental leave to benefit multiple-birth families

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Published: Friday 06 March 2020

Twins Research Australia welcomes the Federal Government's move to improve flexibility of parental leave arrangements. 

Australia’s parental leave entitlements have been an ongoing source of stress for multiple-birth families. With more than 50% of twins and 98% of triplets born premature, it is not uncommon for multiple-birth parents’ paid parental leave to be completely used up before they even bring their babies home. Twins Research Australia joined a petition led by Miracle Babies Foundation to raise awareness of this issue.

TRA welcomes the Federal Government’s recent announcement that legislation will be introduced into parliament late 2020 to address this problem and “to give flexibility and to ensue parents will get to spend time at home with their children when they leave hospital”. We’ll continue to monitor and report on developments. Read more about this issue and parents’ experiences here

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