Supporting parents to return to work has seen a marked increase in our female staff retention rate after parental leave.
In Australia we offer a Child Care Allowance of $4,000 (pre-tax) for all employees who return to work full, or part-time, after parental leave. The Child Care Allowance is paid directly to our people so they can use it in the way that best suits their needs, recognising that families manage child care in different ways.
This allowance has contributed to an increase in our female retention rate (post-parental leave) from 67 percent in 2009 to 87.9 percent in 2013. Related policies and measures include flexible start and finish times, job sharing, working part-time and breaks from work (parental leave, lifestyle leave, and leave without pay).
More detail about our approach is provided in our submission to the Australian Productivity Commission Enquiry into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning.
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