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NSW fathers to be given 14 weeks off work to bond with their babies in huge equality shift

Thousands of dads are given 14 weeks off work to bond with their babies in huge equality shift

  • Dads in the NSW public sector will be given up to 14 weeks of parental leave
  • Single parents will be able to take the full 16 weeks of paid parental leave
  • The arrangement, which is the first of its kind in Australia, begins from October 
  • NSW Government also announced funding for rural communities, national parks

Dads working in the NSW public sector can look forward to spending quality time with their newborns, with up to 14 weeks of paid leave.

The overhaul, starting in October, means there will no longer be a distinction between a ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ carer, with mothers and fathers both entitled to the provision.

‘While most parents across Australia are entitled to paid primary parental leave, only 12 per cent of those who take it are men,’ Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Sunday.

‘Supporting all parents to spend more precious days with their newborn children helps them form bonds that last a lifetime.’

Dads working in the NSW public sector will be granted up to 14 weeks of paid leave to spend time with their newborns starting from October

Single parents will be entitled to the full 16 weeks of paid parental leave.

Parents, including those employed outside the public sector, will also be eligible for a ‘bonus leave’ scheme.

The arrangement, the first of its kind in Australia, would see each parent take at least 12 weeks’ leave and exhaust any paid parental leave offered by their employers.

The government heralded the initiative on Sunday as part of its upcoming budget, along with a series of major announcements on bushfire funding.

Rural communities devastated by the Black Summer fires two years ago can expect a significant financial boost in the area of disaster management when the budget is handed down on June 21.

Treasurer and Energy Minister Matt Kean says nearly $600 million will be committed over the next decade to manage national parks including the employment of 200 firefighters.

An extra $93.7 million will go towards a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet (right) announced the arrangement in a press conference on Sunday while Treasurer and Energy Minister Matt Kean (left) announced funding for rural towns affected by bushfires and nearly $600million towards management of national parks

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet (right) announced the arrangement in a press conference on Sunday while Treasurer and Energy Minister Matt Kean (left) announced funding for rural towns affected by bushfires and nearly $600million towards management of national parks

‘Climate change is happening now. Adaptation helps protect the things we value most from floods, drought and bushfires. It can save lives, livelihoods, homes and ecosystems,’ he said.

The government will also commit more than $315 million over the next four years to complete the NSW Bushfire Inquiry, which had 76 recommendations, by fireproofing homes.

Mr Perrottet said the investment will help more than 1.3 million properties on bush fire prone land to prepare for future fire seasons.

Firies can also look forward to better frontline equipment, with over $105 million to be spent on new trucks and refitting old ones.

The inquiry was commissioned by former premier Gladys Berejiklian to examine the causes, preparation and response to the bushfires which tore through millions of acres and destroyed nearly 2500 properties.

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