If you're pregnant don't be surprised if the dad pleads
with you to hold on until New Years Day. From January 1, 2013,
working dads and partners of the mother can get two weeks
government-funded pay to give them time with new born babies.
Called Dad and Partner Pay, it is part of the federal
government's Paid Parental Leave Scheme. The pay is two weeks
at the rate of the national minimum wage – about $606 a week
Claims can be lodged by the father of the baby or the partner of
the mother up to three months before the expected date of birth or
adoption, or within 12 months after the birth.
Full-time, part-time, casual, contract, seasonal and
self-employed workers are eligible. Those who have a taxable income
more than $150,000 and those who already receive paid leave or are
unemployed are not eligible.
The aim of the scheme is to provide an opportunity for
self-employed, contractors and casual workers who generally
don't have paternity leave entitlements from an employer to
have time to bond with their new born baby and help the primary
carer – usually the mother – in a difficult time.
The scheme also applies to same sex couples and for adoptions
after January 1.
It comes on top of the government's Paid Parental Leave
scheme that started in 2011 providing eligible new mothers up to 18
weeks paid leave at the national minimum wage to care for the
Details and applications are available through the Department of
Also changing on January 1 is the length of time social security
and family assistance benefits will be payable while recipients are
outside Australia, dropping from 13 weeks to six.
Another change from January 1 is that we will no longer have
registration stickers for our cars and light vehicles in NSW. For
80 years we've been scraping and cursing getting old rego
stickers off our car windows. The NSW government reckons it will
save $575,000 in annual printing costs, but don't think that
will be passed on to car owners. We'll still have to pay rego
and third party insurance fees. Instead of the labels,
registrations will all be on computer. Don't think you can
drive around without paying rego. Police have automatic number
plate recognition technology which will tell them immediately
whether you've paid your rego or not.
Motorists will be able to check the status of their rego by
using a service on the Roads and Maritime Services website.
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