Maternity Leave Act Review
On 10 December 2021, the Australian Public Service Commissioner, Mr Peter Woolcott AO, announced that the Australian Public Service Commission is undertaking a review of the Maternity Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1973 (ML Act).
The ML Act currently provides maternity leave entitlements for female Australian Public Service (APS) employees, and employees of certain other Australian Government agencies, who are pregnant and give birth to a child.
The review will focus on health and flexibility, and will explore streamlining administration requirements, paid maternity leave entitlements, the health and career needs of birth mothers, and superannuation entitlements whilst on parental leave.
The review will be informed by extensive stakeholder consultation and submissions are welcomed.
The review will report its findings and recommendations to Government in early 2022.
Submissions to the review are now open.
The review team is interested in hearing from the wider community and welcomes submissions from anyone. Whether you are in Commonwealth employment covered by the ML Act or not, your unique experiences administering or taking maternity or parental leave will help to inform the review and its recommendations to Government.
Submissions will close at 5pm on Friday 4 February 2022.
To make a submission, please read the Terms of Reference along with the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) Privacy Collection Notice (below).
Privacy Collection Notice
Providing personal information in your submission is voluntary and any personal information provided will not be published. If you choose to disclose your personal information the APSC will collect your name, organisation and contact details.