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.
Providing personal information in your submission is voluntary and any personal information provided will not be published.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.