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Changes to parental leave

Under the new Long Service Leave Act 2018 (VIC), any period of paid parental leave and up to 12 months’ of unpaid parental leave will count as service, and no amount of parental leave will break continuity of service. For more information, please contact Anna Pannuzzo on 0419 533 434 or visit

From 1 July 2024, changes to parental leave impact your employer obligations.

Paid: Effective 1 July 2024, under the More Support for Working Families Act 2024, the amount of federally funded paid leave available to families has increased.


Unpaid: Effective 1 July 2024, under the Fair Work Act 2009’s National Employment Standards, eligible employees can take up to 12 months of unpaid leave and can request an additional 12 months, plus the amount of unpaid leave that can be taken flexibly by either or both parents has increased.

Reminder: an employee’s entitlement to unpaid parental leave is not affected by how much leave their partner takes. The parents can be working for the same or different employers.


These changes impact your employer obligations and can impact your business continuity if not you’re unprepared. It’s important to understand the rules around paid parental leave and unpaid parental leave, and review your leave policies and processes as a matter of priority.

For more information, please contact us today.


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