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A break between jobs could be expensive for working mums

APS Diversity and Gender Equality Awards 2017

The APS has been a leader in taking care of its working mothers, introducing progressive maternity leave entitlements after the marriage bar was lifted in 1966.

The Maternity Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1973 provides entitlements for all pregnant APS employees, except casuals. You may take up to 52 weeks’ leave to commence no later than the birthdate of the child.

There is no qualifying service requirement to get 52 weeks’ leave. Payment for up to 12 weeks of maternity leave is provided if you have completed 12 months’ continuous service with the APS.

Don’t risk losing your paid maternity leave by taking a break when moving between APS agencies.

If you have worked for more than one agency in the 12 months before maternity leave, there can be no gap in employment. If there is a gap of even one working day, you must complete a further 12 months’ service before being eligible for payment.

If you need to take a break between jobs, use approved leave rather than just delaying starting with your new agency by a few days.