Aims:
  • Conduct an evaluation of the Australian government’s Paid Parental Leave (PPL) Scheme which focuses on:
  • The operation of the scheme;
  • The impact of the scheme on mothers’ and babies’ health and wellbeing;
  • The impact of the scheme on mothers’ labour force participation;
  • The impact of the scheme on gender equity and work-life balance.

Paid Parental Leave Evaluation

This project is an evaluation of the Australian government’s Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme which commenced on January 1, 2011. The evaluation, which began in 2010, was commissioned by the then Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (now the Department of Social Services, DSS), and will be completed in early 2014. The project is led by Professor Bill Martin of ISSR and involves UQ researchers from ISSR, along with collaborators at ANU, the University of Melbourne, the University of Tasmania and the University of Sydney. The evaluation examines the operation of the PPL scheme, and its impact on a range of outcomes, including mothers’ and fathers’ leave taking, the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies, mothers labour force participation, and gender equity and work-life balance. The evaluation involves the collection and analysis of a large body of data through interviews, surveys and documentary analysis.

Project Value: 
$2 720 000.00
Funding: 
Department of Social Services (DSS)
Partners: 
FaHCSIA
Date: 
2010 to 2014
Time status: 
Current
Contact: 
Professor Bill Martin (w.martin@uq.edu.au)
Aims:
  • Conduct an evaluation of the Australian government’s Paid Parental Leave (PPL) Scheme which focuses on:
  • The operation of the scheme;
  • The impact of the scheme on mothers’ and babies’ health and wellbeing;
  • The impact of the scheme on mothers’ labour force participation;
  • The impact of the scheme on gender equity and work-life balance.
Program/Affiliation: 
Type: 
Program Evaluative
Quantitative
Qualitative
Longitudinal Outcomes
Keywords: 
Policy evaluation
Employment
Families
Life course
Labour market
Number: 
ISSR010012