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Object of this Division

                   The object of this Division is to give effect, or further effect, to:

                     (a)  the ILO Convention (No. 156) concerning Equal Opportunities and Equal Treatment for Men and Women Workers: Workers with Family Responsibilities, done at Geneva on 23 June 1981 ([1991] ATS 7); and

                     (b)  the Workers with Family Responsibilities Recommendation, 1981 (Recommendation No. R165) which the General Conference of the ILO adopted on 23 June 1981;

by providing for a system of unpaid parental leave and related entitlements, that will help men and women workers who have responsibilities in relation to their dependent children:

                     (c)  to prepare for, enter, participate in or advance in economic activity; and

                     (d)  to reconcile their employment and family responsibilities.

Note 1:       In 2009, the text of a Convention in the Australian Treaty Series was accessible through the Australian Treaties Library on the AustLII website (

Note 2:       In 2009, the text of a Recommendation adopted by the General Conference of the ILO was accessible through the ILO website (

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