Penelope Rush was a Senior Research Officer at the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
This webinar was held on 6 February 2013.
On 1 January 2013, Australia introduced two weeks government-funded Dad and Partner Pay for eligible working fathers or partners, including adopting parents and parents in same-sex couples.
In this webinar, Penelope Rush, Child Family Community Australia Information Exchange, and Dr Richard Fletcher, Fatherhood Research Network Convenor, described Australia’s family leave policy history, the social context and current family models in Australia. Key findings from a review of international paternity leave policies and practices that may inform Australia’s future approach to parental leave were also presented, along with recent research highlighting the importance of father-infant attachment for children’s development. Resources assisting practitioners to include fathers in their support for families with newborns were described.