The cost of motherhood in Australia
Sometimes, it’s called the motherhood penalty. Other times, it’s called the cost of motherhood. It summarises the gender pay gap when mothers return to work, the bias in recruitment and promotions and discrimination they face in everyday work life.
Caring for dads and their mental health
Despite the focus on men’s mental health, fathers are experiencing increasing levels of anxiety and stress from the effect of the pandemic, lock downs, balancing work and family, natural disasters and financial strain from the rising cost of living.
Aussie fathers choosing parental leave
The shape of Australian families continues to change and so too does the role of Aussie fathers. According to the first Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s Gender Equality Scorecard, fathers’ uptake of parental leave has doubled in the last 12 months.
Australia: The best place to be a parent?
How can we make Australia a better place to be a parent and what would that look like? Economists and researchers have compared Australian policies, business practices and community support with international best practice. Their report pulls no punches.
Paid Parental Leave scheme turns 10
It’s been ten years since Australia first introduced its federally funded Paid Parental Leave scheme offering a payment for up to 18 weeks while you care for your baby. So what has changed in a decade and how do we compare to international standards?
Why parents need to practice self care
According to research published in Clinical Psychological Science, parental burnout can have a huge impact on the lives of both parent and child. However, results suggest there are vital lessons about parental wellbeing and the value of seeking support.
Families struggle with work life balance
Tensions are high for parents juggling work and care. The National Working Families Report shows almost two thirds of working parents surveyed were struggling to care for their physical and mental health due to tension between work and parenthood.
Understanding Australian life patterns
New data confirms that the challenges for parents are real - particularly mothers. Many working parents are struggling with the daily juggle of maintaining work and home and it is taking a toll on their physical and mental health and relationships.
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