The minerals industry understands that equitable and effective parental leave arrangements are an essential element of the modern workplace. Over recent years, there have been a number of regulatory changes and broader developments that have shaped the policy environment for minerals companies. These include the introduction of the Fair Work Australia Act 2009 and the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010, followed by subsequent amendments to parental leave legislation and the commitment from the new Coalition Government to introduce a new Paid Parental Leave Scheme.
There have also been developments in knowledge and best practice around Long Distance Commuting. It is for this reason that the Minerals Council of Australia has revised this Toolkit, first published in May 2011. It is intended that this guide be used by human resources practitioners, line managers, supervisors, employees and others in minerals industry organisations to assist them to understand their rights and obligations, and how parental leave and flexible work can be effectively and successfully managed.
As well as information on obligations and entitlements, the guide provides tips for employees, supervisors and organisations navigating parental leave and flexible work, together with case studies, sample letters, checklists and frequently asked questions. We hope this guide will be of practical assistance to you.