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Paid and unpaid parental leave – things to consider

Depending on your situation, you may be entitled to Parental Leave Pay, employer-funded paid parental leave, Dad and Partner Pay, or unpaid leave. When deciding how much parental leave to take, it's important to think about what works best for you and your family.

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Parental rights

The law sets out the rights and responsibilities that parents have in relation to bringing up their children and provides information on parental rights.

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Payments for families

Payments to support families are available from the Australian Government if you are the parent or carer of a child. Find out if you might be eligible here.

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Medicare and other benefits

Medicare provides all Australians (and some overseas visitors) access to a wide range of health and hospital services at low or no cost.

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Pregnancy at week 37

By the end of week 37, your baby is considered full-term. You'll probably be very tired because of the extra weight so try and get as much rest as you can.

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Working during pregnancy

UnIess your doctor tells you it is unsafe, it is possible to work while pregnant. Get some tips on managing and making adjustments to your work and career.

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Financial support for teenage parents

One of the biggest concerns as a young parent is how to support yourself and your child. Learn more about financial support for teenage parents.

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Your baby and the first few weeks

The first few weeks at home with your newborn can be an exciting but daunting time, particularly if you are new parents. Find out what care and support are available to you after you leave hospital.

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Common worries and fears for parents

New parents often worry that they don't know what to do. However, there are practical ways to deal with the challenges so you can enjoy your baby more.

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Parental anxiety in the toddler years

Raising a child aged 1 to 3 can be challenging. It's normal to feel anxious about your toddler and parenting style but if the anxiety doesn't go away, seek help.

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