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TAS Country : October 28th 2010
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, October 29, 2010 w w w.australia.gov.au/paidparentalleave Parents 13 61 50 Employers 13 11 58 If you re a working parent expecting a child after January 1st, there s something else you can expect PPL1/M8 Taking time away from work for a new baby is a common part of working life. Paid Parental Leave will help parents spend time with a new baby, and help employers retain skilled staff. What is Paid Parental Leave? Eligible working parents of children born or adopted on or after 1 January 2011 may get 18 weeks Government- funded pay at the National Minimum Wage, currently $570 a week before tax, to help them care for a new baby. Am I eligible? Full-time, part-time, casual, seasonal, contract and self-employed workers may be eligible. You must have worked at least 330 hours (just over one day a week) for 10 of the 13 months before your new baby arrives. You can have up to an 8 week unpaid break between two working days and still be eligible. You can earn up to $150,000 a year (individual salary) and still be eligible. Is it for both parents? Yes, usually the mother must apply for Paid Parental Leave. If you are eligible, you can transfer some or all of the pay to your partner (they need to be eligible too). The scheme gives families more options to balance work and family. When can I take it? You can claim up to three months in advance, and your pay can start at any time you choose from when your child is born or adopted. It will be paid in one continuous period from the start date and must all be taken within the first year after the birth or adoption. You are encouraged to apply early. What about employer-provided entitlements? Eligible parents can receive Parental Leave pay at the same time, before or after other employer-provided paid leave or entitlements. The existing minimum entitlement to 12 months unpaid parental leave for long-term employees is unchanged. What does it mean for employers? From 1 July 2011, employers must provide Government-funded Parental Leave pay through their usual pay cycle to eligible employees who have been with their business for at least 12 months. Other eligible parents will be paid through the Family Assistance Office. Where do I find out more? To learn more about Paid Parental Leave visit the website or call the appropriate number below. From 1 January 2011, Australia s first national Paid Parental Leave scheme will start. It s a new entitlement for working parents, funded by the Australian Government. Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra Advertisement INTRODUCED: Pyrethrum is an iconic Tasmanian crop. Fears for Tasmania's biosecurity operations THE article ''Alarm at news of quarantine centre closure'' (Tasmanian Country, October 22) clearly highlights the con- cerns that the Primary Industry Biosecurity Ac- tion Alliance has in re- lation to quarantine and biosecurity services in Tasmania. This is another clear example of the decline of biosecurity services to Tas- manian primary indus- tries. A letter from the Minis- ter for Primary Industries Bryan Green to PIBAA in September once again failed to allay the fears of primary producers, with no commitment from the department to maintain the Kingston Post Entry Quarantine Station. The closure of the King- ston PEQ Station would have a devastating effect on many Tasmanian in- dustry sectors which rely on the centre to allow the entry of plant materials into the state to introduce new commercial varieties and new breeding ma- terials. The facility, the only one of its kind in Tasmania, allows producers to multi- ply or bulk-up plant ma- terials during the quaran- tine period, which in turn can often provide a two- to three-year commercial gain in production. Iconic and emerging horticultural crops such as wasabi, green tea, poppies, pyrethrum and ginseng have all used the facility, as have the cherry, walnut, grain and nursery indus- tries. Industry breeding programs, such as those occurring within the hop industry, are reliant on the maintenance of a PEQ in Tasmania. While the State Govern- ment continues to espouse the concept of the ''food bowl'' based on a vibrant and diverse horticultural platform, how can we take this seriously given the continued reduction in bio- security services within the state? New and expanding Tas- manian industries will re- quire access to new and imported plant materials to, among other things, increase productivity, dis- ease resistance and genetic diversity. A well-resourced bio- security service within the state is insurance for the continued viability of the primary industry sectors in the state. The maintenance of the Kingston PEQ Station is critical to the long-term development of the pri- mary industry sector, and PIBAA urges the State Government to give a long- term commitment to re- taining the facility at eith- er the current or another viable location. LUCY GREGG on behalf of the Primary Industry Biosecurity Action Alliance Your Say firstname.lastname@example.org
October 21st 2010
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