Six months paid parental leave for primary carers, 20 weeks at start and six weeks which can be used flexibly upon return.
Three months paid leave for secondary carers which can be used flexibly within 18 months.
Super contributions on unpaid leave taken during first 12 months by primary carers.
Childcare assistance of up to $1,000 per month, per child.
On-site school holiday program for primary school aged children. Parents donate $10 per day to The Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
PEXA’s health and wellbeing program includes four wellness days per year, boot camp, run group, boxing and nutrition sessions, flu injections, healthy snack options, financial planning workshops and more.
See the impact our new policies have had on our people.
See the impact our new policies have had on our people.
Hannah is the first PEXA parent to use our parental leave policy. Her daughter Sophia was born in August 2019, but Hannah first felt the importance of employer support when she was planning her pregnancy.
“When I talk to my friends, they’re often waiting on a promotion, a contract to start or a project to finish before they start a family. I didn’t have to take any of this into consideration, I’ve always felt supported to start a family when it suits me.
“When applying for jobs almost four years ago, I didn’t value the importance of parental leave policies, but I do now.”
Now she’s enjoying her parental leave, Hannah’s next career focus is her return to work.
“I love this time with my new daughter, but I’m also looking forward to returning to work and progressing my career. The parental leave policies, particularly the flexi leave, will allow for a smooth transition back to work. I’ll be returning to work sooner than I expected and I know the transition will be well-supported by PEXA.”
Hannah will also be the first PEXA employee to receive super contributions on unpaid maternity leave under our new scheme.
“Being financially independent is really important to me and this policy means the unpaid leave I’m taking is minimal and doesn’t have a significant effect on my income or my superannuation.
“It’s great not to have to factor in ‘lost’ super when planning my return to work.”
Dan and his partner had their first child in May. Thanks to PEXA’s new policies, they’ve been able to plan their new life as a family on their own terms.
“We feel lucky, childcare isn’t something we’d thought about a lot in the past, but having the support from PEXA is going to make it easier for my wife to spend time with our baby and return to work in the capacity she wants.
“My wife is the primary carer and we have great support from family, but receiving child care support from PEXA means she can continue building her business by getting back to work earlier.
PEXA’s secondary carer leave policy also helped Dan take a more hands on role as a new dad.
“Having 12 weeks paid leave for me was fantastic, I was able to spend time with my new family and help out with childcare.
“Before I worked at PEXA, I assumed I would get three weeks’ leave as a secondary carer. Even three weeks I thought was generous compared to what I’d heard from other dads.
“Modern dads are expected to be more hands on. I wasn’t thinking about parental leave when I started working at PEXA, but I’m so glad I’ve chosen an employer who’s given me this time with my new family.”
Fiona has felt first-hand how an employer’s parental leave policies affect the balance of care-giving between new mums and new dads.
“When we had our first child, my husband only received two weeks of parental leave. Because of that, the expectation was automatically on me to do the majority of the domestic duties.
“When we had our second child, the expectation was that we would split the domestic work 50/50 because my husband had more time off work.”
Now with two kids, Fiona is one of the first people to enjoy the benefits of PEXA’s $1,000 per month, per child childcare subsidy.
“PEXA’s childcare package is very important for us now, as my husband and I both have jobs in the city, and our lifestyles mean we want to find childcare close to work.
“When deciding how to balance paid childcare with time off work, the cost is a big part of that decision. Sometimes it can feel like you’re paying to work.
“PEXA’s subsidy gives us more relief, and means we can make that decision based on what works best for our family, rather than what works best for our finances.”
Starting a family can present financial and professional challenges for prospective young parents, but thanks to PEXA’s newly introduced childcare assistance, staff like Sunil and his wife Sravanthi can successfully balance work and their lives with children Manil, 5 and Vihaan, 1.
“My partner was recently on maternity leave, having worked full time prior to this.
“We all know that childcare is expensive – it really hits your salary and we were in a position where a lot of our income was going towards this. On top of this, while my wife was on leave, we had to really consider whether it was possible for her to go back to work.”
“The new measures put in place by PEXA have helped us cover childcare costs greatly. This has also enabled me to continue working full time, as well as allowing my wife to go back to work four days per week. These policies give us choice, letting us continue to work and balance caring for our children.”
The school holiday period can often put further strain on parents as they juggle commitments.
Sunil is one of our PEXA employees who has utilised our on-site school holiday program, with parents contributing a nominal donation of $10 per day to The Alannah and Madeline Foundation through PEXA’s Workplace Giving platform.
“The program, run by Kids Co, is excellent – the staff really do look after the kids and it provides us with extra flexibility in this normally challenging time.”
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