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June 27, 2012

Gay couples included in new paid parental leave legislation

Australia’s welfare system recognised today that same-sex couples need as much support as straight couples when a new child arrives.

Legislation narrowly passed by the house of representatives will make 'Dad and Partner Pay' - two weeks paid leave at the minimum wage - available to the partners of birth mothers or the ‘primary care giver’ in the case of adoption.

Since January 2011, birth mothers and primary care givers have got 18 weeks paid parental leave in Australia. The change in law for fathers and partners will come into effect in January 2013.