Proposed laws giving parents of stillborn babies more unpaid leave have reached federal parliament.
The draft legislation gives parents dealing with infant deaths, premature births and stillbirths access to 12 months of unpaid parental leave, the same amount of unpaid leave parents of healthy babies are able to access.
Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter introduced the bill to parliament on Thursday, after flagging the changes in February.
He said six babies are stillborn in Australia each day, making it the most common form of child mortality.
"While recognising that the pain of stillbirth and infant death can never be repaired through a workplace entitlement, the government trusts these changes will provide some peace of mind for parents in these traumatic circumstances," he told the lower house.
The leave will also apply to parents whose children are in hospital after birth.
Under the changes, employers won't be able to make a parent on unpaid parental leave return to work, or cancel planned leave after a stillbirth or death of a child.
But employees who want to return to work earlier can do so, with four weeks notice.
Parents would also be able to take compassionate leave while on unpaid parental leave, following a stillbirth.
The changes were introduced in response to a Senate inquiry into stillbirth and premature birth.