Qantas to Increase Parental Leave

Sydney, 27 November 2007

Qantas said today it would further enhance the range of benefits it offered its staff, including extending maternity leave provisions.

Qantas Executive General Manager People, Kevin Brown, said it was important that employers recognised that their staff needed to be able to balance work and personal commitments, and especially family responsibilities.

"There is no single solution to the diverse demands of work, social and family responsibilities, but Qantas is committed to helping staff balance these demands," Mr Brown said.

"While Qantas' existing 10-week maternity leave benefit is among the best offered in corporate Australia, we have decided to further enhance our maternity leave provisions.

"All eligible Qantas Group employees in Australia will now be eligible for 12 weeks paid maternity leave, and up to two years unpaid maternity leave."

Mr Brown said the changes complemented a range of existing benefits that included:
- 12 weeks paid adoption leave;
- one weeks paid paternity leave;
- 10 days carers leave;
- access to Joey Club childcare centres in Melbourne and Sydney and, in 2008, Brisbane; and
- free access to an Employee Assistance Program, which provided professional and confidential counselling services.

Qantas also recently paid eligible employees a bonus of $1,000 and a distribution of $1,000 in shares in recognition of their contribution to the Group's 2006/07 profit result.

Mr Brown said that individual Qantas Group business segments would provide initiatives for greater flexibility in their working lives, especially for staff returning from parental leave.

"Initially, new arrangements to provide airport staff with improved access to part time work when returning from parental leave will be introduced in December," he said.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3695)