Parental Leave

Parental Leave

Global Paid Parental Leave (GPPL) [VMware network access required]

VMware recognizes the importance and value of its employees’ family lives and seeks to provide a family-friendly environment that is supportive of working parents. VMware provides Maternity Leave in accordance with our Global Paid Parental Leave (GPPL) program [VMware network access required] so you can have the necessary time off work to recover and bond with your baby.


Permanent full-time and part-time employees of VMware, who are legal parents of the child on the date of birth or placement for adoption, are eligible from the date of employment with VMware.

If your child was born prior to March 1st 2022, please note that the previous leave policy applies. To understand your entitlements under the previous leave policy please contact HR Source [VMware network access required].

In the event of miscarriage/loss of pregnancy, employee may avail local miscarriage leave or global bereavement leave and not both.


You are entitled to receive up to eighteen (18) weeks of leave, inclusive of the statutory pre-natal period, to be utilized within 12 months from the date of birth or legal adoption of the child. In-line with Fairwork requirement, the start date of parental leave for the pregnant person should be on the date of birth of the child or up to six (6) weeks before the expected date of birth. For adoption, the leave will start on the date of placement of the child.

The eighteen (18) weeks are to be taken in units of weeks and can be used all at once or divided up into a maximum of three (3) separate blocks, which do not have to be equal. Any balance of leave not utilized in the twelve (12) months from the date of the new child’s birth or legal adoption placement will be forfeited and cannot be carried forward.

Note: GPPL time off will run concurrently with other leave time available, if any, under the local statutory laws i.e. the paid portion of your leave is in addition to any government benefits provided. To determine if you are eligible for government benefits, you should consult the Australian Government’s Family Assistance Office.


Eligible employees will be paid at 100% of your base salary rate or, for commissioned employees, on target earnings (OTE) for a maximum of eighteen (18) weeks. If you have any questions regarding your Sales compensation plan, please contact the commissions team

Government funded Parental Leave Pay


Permanent Full-time and part-time employees who have at least twelve (12) months of continuous employment with VMware are eligible for Government paid Parental Leave time. To determine if you are eligible for government benefits, you should consult the Australian Government’s Family Assistance Office.


Unpaid parental leave

Under the Fair Work Act, Permanent Full-time and part-time employees who have at least twelve (12) months of continuous employment with VMware are eligible for unpaid parental leave when they or their partner are to give birth or adopt a child.

You can take up to twelve (12) months aggregate leave, for the birth or adoption of a child, no later than the date of birth of a child or the date of placement of a child. During Unpaid Parental Leave, an employee can use other forms of paid employer leave such as annual leave or long-service leave from VMware. Other leave types can also be used immediately prior to the commencement of unpaid parental leave or immediately following the completion of unpaid parental leave.

Within the initial twelve (12) month Parental Leave period, you can make a request to extend your Parental Leave up to an additional twelve (12) months.  Your request must be made in writing, at least four (4) weeks before the end of your initial Parental Leave period. For more information about your minimum legal obligations, visit

Government Paid Parental Leave

You may also be entitled to receive Parental Leave Pay (PLP) as outlined below while on unpaid leave period. This is only available to you if you have or will have primary responsibility for the care of the child.

  • for birth of a child: eighteen (18) weeks’ pay at the Federal Minimum Wage which can be taken in one single period or some of this taken flexibly. Please note income caps for the Government Paid Parental Leave scheme apply. For further information including eligibility requirements for the scheme, visit
  • for dads and partners: up to two (2) weeks’ pay at the national minimum wage.

If both parents are employed at VMware, you may not be be eligible for government subsidy at the same time, and the eighteen (18) weeks of government subsidy period represents combined leave permitted to both parents.  For information on concurrent leave/flexible parental leave eligibility, please visit

Keeping in Touch Days

Keeping in Touch Days allow those on unpaid Parental Leave to come back to work for up to ten (10) paid days without ending their leave. This voluntary program is designed to help employees feel and stay connected with VMware and assist in your transition back to work.

A Keeping in Touch Day may include:

  • Attending a planning day
  • Attending a training
  • Attending a conference
  • Attending a team-building event

Both you and your manager must agree on your Keeping in Touch days at work. If you utilize your Keeping in Touch Days, you will be paid at your base salary rate and will accrue leave entitlements for the days worked.

Scheduling Parental Leave

  • Please contact your manager and discuss your Parental Leave request. Employees should provide ten (10) weeks written notice stating the expected date of commencement of leave, period of leave, and expected date of return to work, in line with the notice requirements outlined by Fairwork.
  • Once you have approval, contact HR Source [VMware network access required] who will support you with queries on the benefit and will work with the responsible teams to ensure your Parental Leave is tracked correctly.

Benefits During Parental Leave

  • Annual Leave and Personal/Carer’s Leave will accrue, but Long Service Leave will not accrue during Parental Leave.  However, it will not break continuity of service for future calculation of Long Service Leave entitlements.
  • Payment for Public Holidays may not be claimed during Parental Leave.
  • Coverage by the Corporate Health Plan will continue unaffected during Parental Leave.
  • You may arrange to continue your Superannuation contributions during any unpaid portion of your Parental Leave.
  • You will retain the same level of Life and Permanent Disability insurance coverage you had prior to the start of your Parental Leave. However, the employee funded portion will be deducted from your existing Superannuation account balance.
  • Temporary Salary Continuance (income protection) will continue to be funded by VMware during your Parental Leave.
  • Employees on Novated Car leases must contact to make arrangements prior to their Parental Leave.

Returning to Work​

Written confirmation of the date you plan to return to work is required four (4) weeks beforehand. Upon your return to work you are entitled to the position you held immediately prior to your Parental Leave.  If that position is unavailable (e.g. no longer exists) you are entitled to return to an available position for which you are qualified and suited, and which is nearest in status and pay to the pre-Parental Leave position.

For additional support and resources to consider with the addition of a child to your family, see the Birth or Adoption life event page.

Contact Us

Contact HR Source [VMware network access required]
ASK HR [VMware network access required]
Phone: (+61) 292935535


Australian Government’s Family Assistance Office
Keeping in Touch Days

Last Updated: 15 Mar 2022, 6:16 AM