Clear, supportive and well-defined parental leave policies are crucial to ensuring gender diversity in the workplace. This study aims to illuminate some of the benefits that businesses can enjoy through authentic leave policies, as well as explore the services currently available at leading organisations.

The Lawson HR Group conducted detailed research with businesses across Australia on what best practice looks like when it comes to parental leave. We surveyed over 100 organisations confidentially in an attempt to understand what was being offered to parents before, during and after the birth of their children.

The purpose of this paper is to share our findings and to enable business leaders to understand the importance of having a robust parental leave policy and what Australia’s most progressive organisations are offering.

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