Union WIN - Super to be Paid on Paid Parental Leave

12 March 2024

We're celebrating a monumental victory for working women across Australia. Thanks to our extensive campaigning, lobbying, media appearances, and gathering thousands of petition signatures — yesterday the Federal Government announced that Superannuationwill be paid on government-funded paid parental leave. This is an important step in closing the loophole on unequal super outcomes for women.   

Until now, parental leave was the only leave a worker will take in their working lives where Super was not paid. This win by ASU members is long overdue in closing the retirement gap – on average women retire with half of the super balances of men.  

This is a huge win by ASU members who have tirelessly campaigned to ensure super is paid on every dollar earned, aiming for a secure and dignified retirement for everyone. 

Congratulations to all ASU members and well done to incredible ASU SA + NT Members like Dr Julie Douglas and Sarah Cleggett, who have campaigned for this cause for years, alongside the incredible efforts of the late Senator Linda White. A proud unionist, Linda dedicated her life to fighting for equality and justice, particularly for working women. This achievement was one of her greatest goals, and she laid the path to this victory through her dedication and work within the ASU and as a Labor Senator. 

This victory shows the power of our collective action. Together, we've secured a future where women no longer have to choose between starting a family and their financial security in retirement. It's a major step forward in ensuring every woman can retire with the dignity and security they deserve.