Multiples matter: investigating the support needs of multiple birth families
Multiples are more likely to face greater challenges in their early years, meaning they need additional support. Australia does not provide additional leave to multiple birth families, unlike most advanced OECD economies that offer extra support to families with multiples. The current payments to Australian families with multiples account for less than 7% of the differential costs.
This new report recommends change for multiple birth families! Including:
- Multiple Birth Grant: A one-off payment of up to $15,000 for twins, $30,000 for triplets and $45,000 for quadruplets club
- In-home support: 240 hours of hands-on help for twins to be used within 12 months and 1560 hours for triplets and other higher order multiples to be used within 24 months.
- Extension of paid parental leave: 8 additional weeks of parental leave for twins; 16 weeks additional for triplets; 24 weeks additional for quadruplets
AMBA's mission is to enable positive health outcomes, awareness and equality for multiple birth families through advocacy, education and community.
Currently 61% of parents of multiples report experiencing mental health challenges in the first year. Parents of multiples clearly need more financial and hands on support from Government. When multiple birth parents feel adequately supported, they can provide the support their children need to thrive.