The Government yesterday released the draft legislation of Australia’s first-ever paid parental leave scheme, which see’s nearly every mother receive financial support in the months following the birth of their baby.

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The scheme to pay parents the national minimum wage for more than four months is due to start on January 1 next year.

Women who have qualified for the government-funded scheme but resign no more than three months before having their baby will still be paid the minimum wage, currently $543.78 per week, for the full 18 weeks.

About 148,000 women are expected to qualify for the new scheme every year, delivering each family $9788.

A further 137,000 women who don’t qualify for the paid parental leave scheme will still receive the baby bonus, worth $5185.

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Source: http://www.news.com.au/money/oh-baby-even-mums-who-quit-work-will-receive-parental-leave/story-e6frfmci-1225862283370

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