Paid Parental Leave Campaign

Media Release


Don’t Break the Bond

Bringing a new baby into the world is a big enough undertaking and shouldn’t be compounded by having to return to work in a hurry.

As our members attest, paid parental leave enables families to bond with their babies, mums to breastfeed for longer and not be stressed about getting back into the workforce to earn an income.

The Federal Government’s proposed changes to Paid Parental Leave (PPL) cuts at the heart of this.

It will impact thousands of Australian families and significantly reduce the ability of parents to have time to bond with their new addition at a critical time in the child’s development. Many thousands of nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing, would lose the Government PPL entitlement – significantly reducing the time they could spend with their child.

In November, 2016, the ANMF (SA Branch) launched a campaign Don’t Break the Bond calling on all SA Senators to reject the proposed changes to paid parental leave in the Senate and to challenge the Coalition to honour its 2013 commitment to provide a minimum of six months paid parental leave.

At the centre of the campaign is a petition.

By signing our petition you can tell the senate that you agree that every new family should be afforded the best possible start in life.

A rally, covered by local media, was also held outside the Women’s and Children’s Hospital on November 28.

The campaign has also been extensively promoted by the ANMF (SA Branch) through social media including a dedicated you tube clip.

On Thursday, December 9, ANMF (SA Branch) CEO/Secretary Adj Assoc Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM and Director, Operations, Rob Bonner met with the Nick Xenophon Team to discuss the issue. The ANMF (SA Branch) was reassured by NXT that it would not support the Government’s proposed changes to the PPL scheme.

The ANMF (SA Branch) has now provided its official submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs urging it not to support the Federal Government’s proposed changes to the PPL scheme.

The submission sets out the potential negative and far-reaching economic and social impact on nurses, midwives and personal assistants; their families; workplaces and the broader community should the Bill progress.