Department of Premier and Cabinet
Category
Department of Premier and Cabinet Circular
Identifier
C2010-34
Status
Archived

C2010-34 Commonwealth Paid Parental Leave guidelines for the NSW public sector

Description:

Keypoints

  • The Commonwealth Paid Parental Scheme will begin on 1 January 2011.
  • Eligible NSW public sector employees can access the Scheme in addition to existing NSW public sector parental leave entitlements.
  • NSW public sector agencies are not required to assume the role of paymaster for CCPL payments until 1 July 2011.
  • The attachment, ‘Commonwealth Paid Parental Leave: A guide for the NSW public sector’, contains information about employer obligations and employee entitlements in the NSW public sector.

The Commonwealth Paid Parental Leave (CPPL) Scheme will commence on 1 January 2011. The CPPL Scheme will provide eligible parents with payments at the rate of the National Minimum Wage for a maximum of 18 weeks.

To apply for CPPL, NSW public sector employees must lodge a claim with the Family Assistance Office (FAO).

NSW public sector employees can lodge their claims from 1 October 2010 for children with an expected date of birth, or date of placement for adoption, on or after 1 January 2011.

From 1 January 2011, eligible NSW public sector employees will receive CPPL payments directly from the FAO.

From 1 July 2011, NSW public sector agencies are required to assume the role of paymaster for eligible employees receiving CPPL payments. This means that eligible NSW public sector employees will receive CPPL payments from their employer, as they would their usual salary.

The attached ‘Commonwealth Paid Parental Leave: A guide for the NSW public sector’ outlines the key employer obligations under the CPPL Scheme as well as addressing some issues related to the interaction of the Scheme with parental leave entitlements in the NSW public sector.

This guide will assist NSW public sector agencies to identify the changes necessary to payroll systems and related business processes in order for them to assume the paymaster function under the CPPL Scheme. It will also assist NSW public sector employees to understand their entitlements and responsibilities under the Scheme.

This guide supplements the information available from the Commonwealth Government via the Family Assistance Office website and the Centrelink website.

If you have any questions regarding the implementation of CPPL paymaster requirements in your agency, please contact the Public Sector Workforce Branch of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet on (02) 9228 4444.

Brendan O’Reilly
Director General

Which agencies does this Circular apply to?
All public sector agencies including State Owned Corporations. This includes all agencies and employees in the Government Service (Public Service Departments, Non-Public Service Divisions and Special Employment Divisions), the Teaching Service, NSW Police and the NSW Health Service.

Who needs to know about this Circular?
All NSW public sector employees, particularly Human Resources, Personnel, Payroll, Industrial Relations, Employee Relations

Further information
Client Services, Public Sector Workforce – 9228 4444 psw@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Issued by: Policy and Strategy Unit, Public Sector Workforce in the Department of Premier and Cabinet

Contact: Angela Philipson - 9228 5423 angela.philipson@dpc.nsw.gov.au