Paid parental leave for future families: The voices of Australian parents

Marian Baird and Elizabeth Hill

Paid Parental Leave Phase 2 Research Prepared for the Women’s Economic Equality Taskforce
28 April 2023

Dr Marian Baird AO FASSA is Professor of Gender and Employment Relations, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Director of the Women, Work and Policy Research Group at the University of Sydney Business School and co-convenor of the Body@Work Project. Marian is an internationally recognised scholar on women and work over the life course. Her work has a particular focus on the interaction of government and workplace policies on women’s labour market attachment and women’s economic empowerment. Marian is Chief Investigator at the Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research where she examines how workplaces can better accommodate older workers and their care commitments. Marian’s research contributed to the development of Australia’s first paid parental leave scheme, and she continues to engage with government, industry and unions to promote and develop equitable and productive workplaces.

Dr Elizabeth Hill is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. She is Deputy Director of the Gender Equality in Working Life (GEWL) Research Initiative, co-convenor of the Australian Work and Family Policy Roundtable and co-convenor of the Body@Work Project. As a leading researcher on the future of women, work and care in Australia and the Asian region, she has collaborated on research into gender equality, work and care with leading national and international institutions, including the International Labour Organization and UN Women. Elizabeth’s research focuses on how economic institutions shape women’s paid work, unpaid care and the care workforce, especially as they change in response to the rapidly evolving dynamics of the global political economy. Elizabeth has served as a non-executive director on a number of non-profit boards and is an experienced media commentator and advisor to government, unions and business.

This report can be cited as:
Baird, M. & Hill, E. (2023). Paid Parental Leave for Future Families: The Voices of Australian Parents. A report commissioned by the Women’s Economic Equality Taskforce, April 2023, The University of Sydney.