Aurecon has become the first Australian engineering consultancy to introduce a Shared Care policy.

Details of the policy include:

  • A financial incentive based on ‘half pay’ for partners to take a leave of absence from work for up to 14 weeks in order to stay at home and raise their child in their first year.
  • Providing a financial incentive options that support secondary carers to step into primary carer roles. These incentives apply during a child’s first year of life.
  • Superannuation both on paid parental leave, as well as up to 14 weeks of an employee’s unpaid portion of parental leave.

Aurecon believes that supporting secondary carers and fathers to take active roles in the care of children will support women returning to and staying in the workforce, and reduce the career and wealth penalties imposed by career breaks.

Further information can be found here