Similar entitlements for employees in altruistic surrogacy arrangements to those which are currently available to employees who adopt a child (12 months’ leave of which 14 weeks is paid and the remainder unpaid).
Eligibility for surrogacy leave is to be limited to the provision of documentary evidence of the altruistic surrogacy agreement and a statutory declaration advising of the intention to make application for a parentage order as required under the Surrogacy Act 2010. A copy of the parentage order must be provided as soon as it is obtained. This will ensure consistency with NSW legislation in how altruistic surrogacy arrangements are recognised.
Out of Home Care
An entitlement to take 12 months’ unpaid leave for permanent caring arrangements.
Eligibility for a period of leave for carers is to be limited to the provision of a guardianship or permanent placement order for a child or young person. This ensures adoption and out-of-home carers are treated in a similar way i.e. only being eligible once a child is in the permanent care of the person.
It is also proposed to extend a right to request extended parental leave, and return to work on a part time basis to employees granted leave for altruistic surrogacy and out-of-home care.
For public servants, the leave provisions are provided for in Industrial Relations Secretary Determination No. 1 of 2018 made under S52 of the Government Sector Employment Act 2013.
These leave provisions are to be adopted by all Public Service departments and agencies, and other Government Sector agencies and State-Owned Corporations are strongly encouraged to provide the same leave provision and support to their employees.