Australia’s Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care is encouraging employers to consider their staff’s childcare needs and invest in childcare.
Minister Kate Ellis says Australia is not yet considering the full potential of women as members of the paid workforce.
It was recently estimated that if Australia achieved an extra 6% of women participating in the workforce, their GDP would be about $A25 billion higher. That is an increase of about 1.4%.
“That’s why the Government is supporting women’s participation through initiatives including Paid Parental Leave, enhanced protection against discrimination on the basis of caring responsibilities and providing rights for workers under the Fair Work Act to request flexible working arrangements if they have a child under school age,” says Ms Ellis.
The Government wants to see more employers, like CSL a global biopharmaceutical company at Parkville Victoria, giving better support to staff with young children. CSL provides a childcare centre for employees children, up to two years parental leave along with the 12 weeks paid maternity leave, flexible working conditions such as part-time work, job sharing, and the ability to work from home.
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