Making paternity leave work: Context, policy and practice

Making paternity leave work: Context, policy and practice

11 February 2013

This webinar, jointly presented by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) and the CFCA information exchange in February 2013, covered Australia's family leave policy history, the social context, family models in Australia and a review of international paternity leave policies and practices. 

Research and resources were also presented on the importance of father-infant bonding for children’s development.

A recording of the webinar and presentation slides will available on the ARACY website in the coming weeks. Please subscribe to our alert to be notified via email when these resources become available online.

A number of questions were asked during the webinar about the resources available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fathers, and what the research evidence tells us fathers with a new infant actually want. We have compiled a list of further reading and resources to assist professionals supporting the needs of new fathers.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fathering resources

A range of resources are also available on the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) website.

What do fathers want?

A number of participants also asked about the research evidence regarding fathers’ feelings and needs in relation to paternity leave. The following readings may be of interest:

  • Bittman, M., Hoffman, S., & Thompson, D. (2004). Men’s uptake of family-friendly employment provisions (Policy Research Paper No. 22). Canberra: Australian Government Department of Family and Community Services.
  • Coltrane, S. (2009). Fatherhood, gender and work-family policies. In J. C. Gornick & M. K. Meyers, Gender equality: Transforming family divisions of labor. London, UK: Verso.
  • Flood, M. (2003). Fatherhood and fatherlessness (Discussion Paper No. 59). Canberra, ACT: The Australia Institute.
  • Hosking, A., Whitehouse, G., & Baxter, J. (2010). Duration of Leave and Resident Fathers’ Involvement in Infant Care in Australia. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(5), 1301-1316.

For further resources on fathers and fatherhood, see – Fathers

Please let us know of further resources in the comments section below.


Hello everyone, You may be interested in these links to the latest information on Dad & Partner Pay, which includes Fact Sheets for employers: And here are some links to resources for dads, including the Raising Children Network website that Richard Fletcher mentioned during the webinar on 6 Feb: Best wishes, Ken
Ken Knight

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