The 2005/06 evaluation of the parental leave scheme by the Department of Labour found considerable support for paid parental leave (PPL) with: an 80% take-up rate by eligible mothers; most mothers returning to the same employer following parental leave; and employers often accommodating part-time and flexible work arrangements for mothers on their return to paid work. 

NACEW’s 2008 recommendations on priority improvements to parental leave will strengthen performance against the scheme’s objectives. The recommendations received almost universal support from the 16 individuals and groups who responded to a short consultation.