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Productivity Commission To Investigate Paid Maternity Leave

Joint Media Release with The Hon Wayne Swan MP, Treasurer and The Hon Jenny Macklin MP, Minister For Families, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs

Delivering on its election commitment, the Rudd Labor Government will ask the Productivity Commission to examine ways the Government can provide improved support to parents with newborn children.

Any policy reforms in this area will be aimed at ensuring strong and sustainable economic growth, take into account our ageing population and the importance of early childhood development, and support Australian families balance work and family responsibilities.

We want to explore ways to make it as easy as possible for working mums to balance their employment with the important job of raising a new generation of Australians.

The Productivity Commission is uniquely placed to advise the Government on the best way to balance economic considerations with the aspirations of working families.

The Productivity Commission will be asked to look at the economic and social costs and benefits of paid maternity, paternity and parental leave.

The Commission will conduct a thorough examination and provide an opportunity for public participation. The Commission will be asked to report by February 2009. Public hearings will be held and submissions from the public will also be sought, with a report produced for the Government to release publicly.

To register an interest in the inquiry or to find out more, details will soon be available from the Commission at www.pc.gov.au or phone 02 6240 3239.

The terms of reference are attached.