Essential Report

Views towards paid parental leave

Apr 13, 2021

Q. Below are two options for paid parental leave. Which of the two do you think would be better for Australia as a whole?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention Dependent Children
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other Have dependent children Do not have dependent children
Up to 18 weeks for primary carers, plus 2 weeks ‘Dad & Partner pay’. Both are paid at the same rate as the national minimum wage. 40% 45% 35% 30% 35% 53% 36% 48% 27% 37% 36% 42%
Up to 26 weeks at full pay including super, which can be used by either parent and split between them if they choose. 60% 55% 65% 70% 65% 47% 64% 52% 73% 63% 64% 58%
Base (n) 1,368 669 699 426 460 482 483 471 123 165 496 872
  • Of the two options for paid parental leave presented, the majority of Australians (60%) think up to 26 weeks at full pay including super, which can be used by either parent and split between them if they choose, would be better for Australia as a whole.
  • 40% think ‘Up to 18 weeks for primary carers, plus 2 weeks ‘Dad & Partner pay’. Both are paid at the same rate as the national minimum wage.’ would be better.
  • Women, those aged 18-34 and 35-54, Greens, Labor and minor and independent party voters, and those with dependent children are the most likely to think the ‘26 weeks’ option would be better for Australia.

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