Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced plans to boost paid parental leave for new mothers to 20 weeks – which will amount to an increase of approximately $1300.
The new plan still prevents mothers from ‘double dipping’ from their employer and the government paid scheme.
The new scheme will include mothers employed on a casual basis.
Crossbench senators Derryn Hinch and Nick Xenophon pushed for the compromise deal after rejecting the government’s previous proposal and a storm of controversy surrounding the changes.
The new proposal will see around 60 per cent of families better off, as opposed to the previous plan which would only benefit around 47 per cent, reports The Daily Telegraph.
There is still no date set for when the proposed changes will kick in.