Both sides wrong on parental scheme: ACCI

AAP, with a staff reporter

Both sides of politics need to go back to the drawing board on their respective paid parental leave schemes, a nationwide business survey has found.

In the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (ACCI) pre-election survey of 1700 businesses, more than half of respondents opposed the coalition's paid-parental leave scheme, which would be funded by a levy on large companies.

"That should tell the opposition that it needs to fund its scheme within the general budget of the country, to the extent that the budget can sustain that and the scheme needs to be tailored accordingly," ACCI chief executive Peter Anderson said. 

However, the survey also found two-thirds of respondents opposed the way the government's scheme is administered.

"The government has transferred the administration of its scheme from the government to the private sector," he said.

"That is a serious concern because the government has added red tape and compliance costs to business.

He said neither the government nor the opposition had their settings correct.

"They both need to go back to the drawing board."