Parental leave pay (PLP) objectives


The objective of PLP is to provide financial support to primary carers (1.1.P.230) (mainly birth mothers) of newborn and newly adopted children, in order to:

  • allow those carers to take time off work to care for the child after the child's birth or adoption, and
  • enhance the health and development of birth mothers and children,
  • encourage women to continue to participate in the workforce, and
  • promote equality between men and women, and the balance between work and family life.

The financial support provided by the scheme is intended to complement and supplement existing entitlements to paid or unpaid leave in connection with the birth or adoption of a child.

Act reference: PPLAct Part 1-1 Division 1A Objects of this Act

Last reviewed: 6 February 2017