Changes to parental leave and the minimum wage

On 1 July 2013, the rate for Parental Leave andMan-and-woman-in-green-and-blue-icon Employment Protection increased.  The change has been made in line with the alteration to the average weekly wage.

The maximum amount available to eligible employees and the self-employed increased from $475.16 to $488.17 gross a week.

The minimum parental leave payment for self-employed persons increased from $135 to $137.50 gross a week.

Each rate is calculated based on the employee’s average weekly earnings and those eligible for the scheme are entitled to 14 weeks.

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