Currently, the primary caregiver in a relationship receives 18 weeks of paid leave at the minimum wage, while fathers receive just two weeks of paid leave.
Under the new Workforce Australia scheme, new criteria have been set for jobseekers to continue receiving government support.
Australian women are more educated and qualified than men, but are under-represented in leadership positions and workforce participation.
The government hopes that the change in terms would promote gender inclusivity and encourage gender-neutral language.
About 31% of employing businesses are having difficulty finding suitable staff, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Fresh data has revealed that Australia’s job market continued to strengthen as the unemployment rate remains at a historic low.
The increase to A$40 a week will take effect on July 1, although this would be delayed for selected sectors and industries.
This comes after the state government reached a compromise with business unions, and increased the injury impairment threshold to 35% from 30%.
Organisations across a range of industries are gearing up to give Australian workers a four-day working week for six months with no cut to pay.
These could include providing options for flexible rosters, shift swapping, job shares, compressed work weeks, split shifts and multi-skilling.
The country's Fair Work Commission will rule this month on a wage rise for the nation's lowest-paid workers.
‘Going green’ could bring workers back to the city and create a conducive work environment that improves health and wellbeing.
Of the 70 employers that have achieved the Family Friendly Workplaces (FFW) certification, 70% are providing gender equal access to paid parental leave.
If implemented, a 4% minimum wage increase will represent the biggest percentage increase in more than 10 years.
The four-day workweek has been advocated by some organisations, as a platform that can boost a better work-life balance.
The upcoming Labour Party summit will discuss these topics, potentially paving the way for reforms such as wage theft legislation.
Some 1.3 million people changed jobs during the second year of the pandemic, an increase of 300,000 year-on-year.
The unemployment rate for males declined by 0.2 percentage points to 4%, its lowest level since October 2008.
The gap between inflation and workers’ pay rises meant workers were on track to be A$4,000 worse off on average this year in real terms.
The Australian Industry Group has urged the Fair Work Commission to adopt a “cautious approach in adjusting wages”.
To mitigate the effects of rapidly rising inflation, a major Australian union is calling for the minimum wage to be increased by 5.5%.
These include gender pay equity, improved career options, improved parental leave, and elimination of sexual harassment.
Of firms which experienced an increase in cost, some 21% stated that costs had increased to “a great extent, said the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
In a recent episode of HRM TV, Nela Richardson, ADP’s Chief Economist, shared key workforce trends from countries in the APAC region.
New South Wales is removing most of its vaccination mandates next month, although Victoria has not announced an end to its vaccination mandates.
Such an agreement offers employers flexibility with the circumstances of their workers, covering conditions like pay, for instance.
The jobless rate in the country was 4.0% in March, one of the lowest readings since 1974, and is expected to drop further.
A$44 million (US$32.5 million) is being invested in four new artificial intelligence and digital capability centres to stimulate growth and employment.
The government of Australia's Victoria state has called for at least 10 days of paid family violence leave to be offered to all government workers.
There were 423,000 job vacancies in February this year, up from the about 200,000 in the same month two years ago.