Parents@Work News Alert: Nearly half of polled working parents don't see benefit in new PPL Scheme 

45% of Working Parents Lack Confidence in Government's New PPL Scheme

Parents@Work poll highlights new paid parental leave scheme is an incomplete solution for working parents

17th June 2014. Parents@Work – Almost half of working parents believe they won't benefit or will only somewhat benefit from the new proposed changes to the Paid Parental Leave scheme according to a Parents@Work poll conducted last month.

The results indicate that 55% of working parents believe they would benefit from the Federal Government's proposed PPL scheme. Whilst this is over half, a significant 45% believe they will only somewhat benefit or have no benefit at all from the revised scheme.
Over 3000 parents and employers from across a number of sectors and demographics were asked to participate. 
The findings are illuminating in light of market research by private ALP polling company UMR who reported the majority (58%) disapproved of the scheme with only 16% approving it.[1]
But why the lack of confidence amongst some given the new scheme is significantly more generous than the current scheme?

Emma Walsh, Director, Parents@Work comments: “Our recent poll results highlight that not all working parents are 100% confident in the new PPL scheme. The actual issue we’re looking at is female workforce engagement. Paid parental leave is one part of the equation in increasing the rate of women returning to work after children but the other is the legitimate shortage of affordable childcare in this country. The new PPL scheme is really an incomplete answer.”
For the complete PPL poll findings and story (including what is needed for families to benefit more from the proposed PPL scheme) see the Parents@Work blog Why the lack of confidence in PPL?
Also see the Parents@Work PPL poll infograph for related statistics.
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[1] SMH, Budget hole opens up, viewed 6.6.14,
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