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Michael Johnston and Westpac – Dads on Parental Leave Case Study

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About Michael

Michael is a Sydney-based working dad of two kids, a boy and a girl. He took parental leave under Westpac’s generous three months paid scheme when his daughter Esther was around 6 months old. Now, having returned back to his full time role, Michael is able to make use of the company’s agile working approach, to insert a level of flexibility into his working day, whether it be leaving earlier to pick up the kids or working from home if they happen to be ill.

Michael’s Parental Leave Story 

When his wife returned to work six months after the birth of their second child, Michael said it was a “no-brainer” to take three months off to be the primary carer for his daughter. “I just don’t know why, if you worked for a company that was willing to give you your three months off paid leave to spend time with your child, you wouldn’t do that? What possible reason would you have to say no?” 

Michael’s wife had started a new role during her second pregnancy and hadn’t accrued any entitlements to paid leave, but between the two of them, “it was obviously beneficial to be able to have one of [us] caring for Esther in the first nine months.” He also said “it was a joy to spend 3 months with Esther and had noticeable benefits for our relationship.”

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Adam Bird and KPMG – Dads on Parental Leave Case Study

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About Adam

Adam is a Sydney-based working dad and Senior Manager of Audit and Assurance at KPMG Australia. Adam has 10+ years audit and assurance experience across the UK and Australian KPMG firms, successfully leading multiple large engagement teams primarily in the FMCG, Telecommunications, Gaming, Pharmaceutical, Distribution and Manufacturing sectors. In May 2016, Adam Bird became a first-time father to Ari Jayden Bird and took three weeks paid parental leave from his senior manager position at KPMG in Sydney.

Adam’s Parental Leave Story

“I took a full three weeks off when he was born, which was amazing, the weather in Sydney was warm and we’d go out for walks as a family, that time was absolutely amazing.”

Adam went back to work full time after that, as his wife was on maternity leave. The following February Adam’s wife returned to full time work as her employer did not offer part-time or flexible work arrangements. Adam took the opportunity to approach his employer, KPMG about working part-time. As a result, Adam began working three days a week and caring for his 8-month old son, Ari, two days a week.

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Sean Glover and Westpac – Dads on Parental Leave Case Study

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Next in a series of case studies celebrating dads who have taken an extended parental leave we interview Sean Glover, Deputy head of Government Affairs at Westpac for his  perspective on balancing his caring responsibilities with a busy career.

About Sean

Sean is a Sydney-based working dad – married and a father to two sons. When his eldest son, now 7, was born, he took three months of parental leave, with his employer’s willingness to help and make things work. When his second son was born three years ago, Sean not only undertook parental leave, he took it one step further with long service leave and a career break, all of which spanned 15 months. He now balances working three days a week at Westpac with a business he and his wife bought.

Sean’s Parental Leave Story

When Sean initially took three months of parental leave to care for his first son Tom, he viewed it more as an extended break. He’d been fortunate enough to step into a different role at Westpac upon his return and with Tom being a “terrific baby” Sean felt like it had been easy.

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Dion Palin and Lendlease – Dads on Parental Leave Case Study

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First in a series of case studies celebrating Dads who have taken an extended parental leave we interviewed Dion Palin, Finance Manager at Lendlease for his unique perspective on being a stay at home dad and then working flexibly with the work-life balance demands of managing a successful career.

About Dion

Dion is a Brisbane-based working dad – married and father to two sons. At the birth of his first son 2 ½ years ago he took advantage of his employer’s parental leave scheme experiencing all the milestones and challenges of a parent and baby’s first year of life. Following the arrival of another son 4 months ago, Dion now tries to balance career and parental responsibilities by working 4 days per week. Every Tuesday he can now be found changing nappies, at swimming lesson, at the park with his toddler or honing his negotiating skills around afternoon-nap time.

Dion’s Parental Leave Story

When it came time for Dion and his wife to consider care options for their son, Nicolas, as she transitioned back to her busy practice as a self-employed GP, rather than go down the day care route, Dion took the opportunity to step in as the primary carer and take leave from his role at Lendlease.  The supportive Paid Parental Leave policy and the desire to keep their son at home for the first year made it a simple and straightforward choice for the couple – Dion would stay home and be the primary carer for 12 months after the birth of their son.

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