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NSW SETS A NEW STANDARD ON PARENTAL LEAVE

Teachers, nurses, firefighters and other public sector workers across the State will be encouraged to share childcaring responsibilities between partners under an overhaul of the NSW Government’s paid parental leave scheme.

From October, there will no longer be a distinction between a ‘primary’ or ‘secondary’ carer, meaning every mother and father in the public sector will be entitled to at least 14 weeks’ paid parental leave.

The NSW Government will also offer parents an additional 2 weeks’ ‘bonus leave’ if paid parental leave entitlements are more equally shared between partners.

Member for Manly James Griffin MP welcomed the announcement which is part of the 2022-23 NSW Budget.


END-OF-LIFE CARE ENHANCED IN NSW

Member for Manly James Griffin MP welcomes the NSW Government’s injection of $743 million into palliative care and other specialist health services, saying it will bring greater comfort and dignity to NSW residents with life-limiting illnesses.

Mr Griffin said the five-year funding is on top of the $300 million the NSW Government invests in palliative care services each year. 

“It is estimated that of the 50,000 people on average that die in NSW each year, 70 per cent could benefit from palliative care services,” Mr Griffin said.

“Today’s announcement will significantly boost funding for end-of-life palliative care, delivering equitable access to pain management services, avoiding unnecessary hospital stays and providing comfort and dignity to NSW residents at end of life.”


LOCAL DRIVERS TO BENEFIT FROM NEW TOLL RELIEF

Local drivers could be eligible to save up to $750 a year on tolls under a new relief package to ease cost of living pressures announced today.

About half a million NSW motorists will receive quarterly rebates under the NSW Government’s Toll Rebate Scheme.

Member for Manly James Griffin MP said the new measures were aimed at making travel on the State’s toll roads more affordable for individuals, families and small businesses.